Editor: Up to 400,000 Virginians desperately in need of health-care coverage are locked out because the Virginia General Assembly refuses to accept federal dollars to expand Medicaid.
Tag Greason, the Virginia House Delegate from District 32, has consistently voted against accepting the federal dollars, most recently April 5, 2017.
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, including some Republican states, and DC, voted to accept the federal dollars. The Virginia legislature voted to reject this federal funding resulting in the loss of up to $10.4 billion in revenue to the state of Virginia. In the meantime, Virginia taxpayers are paying for Medicaid expansion in Maryland, West Virginia and DC among others.
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 against Tag for the Virginia 32nd House of Delegates in the November election. Reid supports Medicaid expansion and universal health care.
Anne Thomas, Leesburg