Governor McDonnell: Outlier on Medicaid Expansion
RICHMOND -- Yesterday, Florida Governor Rick Scott, one of the country's most conservative Governors, came out in full support of Medicaid expansion. "While the federal government is committed to paying 100 percent of the cost of new people in Medicaid, I cannot in good conscience deny the uninsured access to care," said Governor Scott. Rick Scott is the eighth Republican Governor to support Medicaid expansion, a program that would expand health insurance coverage to over 400,000 Virginians including 33,000 of Virginia's veterans, according to the Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis.
"It is ironic for the Governor to ask for bi-partisan support of the recent transportation compromise on the same day he dug his heels in against expanding Medicaid," said DPVA Chair, Del. Charniele Herring. "Across the country, Republican Governors are looking at the specifics and realizing that they cannot, in good conscience, leave federal dollars on the table that will help thousands of people in their states get access to health coverage.
"Unfortunately, Governor McDonnell has not followed suit. Instead of supporting Medicaid expansion, he's choosing to postpone coverage to hundreds of thousands of Virginians and losing out on $5 million in federal money a day in the process. It's time for Governor McDonnell to put the people of Virginia ahead of his extreme ideology and expand Medicaid."