Editor: Up to 400,000 thousand Virginians who are desperately in need of health care coverage are locked out because the Virginia General Assembly refuses to accept federal dollars to expand Medicaid.
Del. Tag Greason (R-32) has consistently voted against accepting the federal dollars. The Affordable Care Act extended the state-federal Medicaid program, but the Supreme Court ruled that each state could decide whether to accept this federal money. Thirty-two states and the District of Columbia voted to accept the federal dollars, but the Virginia legislature voted again and again not to accept this federal funding. Our legislature has blocked tax dollars returning to the state.
The result is the loss of up to $10 billion in revenue to the state of Virginia. In the meantime, Virginia taxpayers are paying for Medicaid expansion in Maryland, West Virginia and DC. Our people need health care, our hospitals including our rural ones are in serious need and these federal tax dollars could create 30,000 jobs.
We need new leadership in Richmond. Fortunately, we have someone: David Reid is running for the 32nd House of Delegates in the November election. Reid supports Medicaid expansion and universal health care.
Anne Thomas, Leesburg