Editor: Having access to basic and quality medical care is not just a requirement for a civilized society but also promotes economic growth. Randy Minchew (10th) and the Republicans in the House of Delegates have repeatedly blocked access to federal funds for medicare expansions. The impact of this is to deny as many as 400,000 people access to quality healthcare coverage.
Even though many reading this may already have good health coverage as part of their current employment, supporting Medicare expansion will be a boon for the economy of Virginia and would likely have created 30,000 jobs and saved the state budget over $73 million a year—money better spent on education and infrastructure in this fast growing area. By not allowing for Medicaid expansion, we are in essence leaving billions in federal funds on the table and subsidizing access to care in other states while Virginians access to health care suffers. I support access to quality medical care for all and the economic growth it will generate and therefore I support Wendy Gooditis for the House of Delegates in District 10.
Wyatt Korff, Leesburg