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BOLLING CALLS ON WARNER AND WEBB TO VOTE AGAINST FEDERAL HEALTHCARE LEGISLATION

Lt. Governor Bill Bolling

Lt. Governor Bill Bolling

-Lieutenant Governor outraged by “pay offs” by Senate Leadership; describes tactics as “unacceptable and offensive to the American people”-

-Asks Warner and Webb to demand same concessions for Virginia and other states-

RICHMOND – Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling today sent a strongly worded letter to Senators Jim Webb and Mark Warner expressing outrage over special concessions given to certain states to obtain support for federal healthcare legislation from their Senators and asking them to oppose this legislation, which Bolling called “misguided.”

“As you know, one of our major concerns with this legislation is the potential impact it could have on the cost of Medicaid for Virginia’s state government,” wrote Bolling. “Many reports have suggested that this legislation could result in much higher Medicaid costs for state governments across the nation, costs that state governments simply cannot bear.”

In his letter, Bolling cited reports from this past weekend that the Senate’s Democratic leadership had made concessions to Senator Ben Nelson that would hold his home state of Nebraska harmless for any additional Medicaid costs that might come about as a result of the enrollment of new Medicaid recipients after 2017, while all 49 other states would be required to pay a portion of the increased costs.  This reportedly would save Nebraska $45M per year, while passing these costs on to other states.

Additionally, similar “sweet heart deals” were reportedly made to Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and other Senators to obtain their support for the healthcare bill, while the citizens of Virginia and other states were not afford the same benefits.

“I am outraged by reports that surfaced this weekend regarding concessions that were made to Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson to secure his vote in support of this legislation,” stated Bolling.  “If these reports are accurate, this type of quid pro quo is unacceptable, and you and your colleagues should object strongly to the practice, which I have no doubt the American people will find offensive as well.”

“If the Senate’s leadership is so desperate to obtain votes to secure the passage of this legislation that they would make these types of concessions to these Senators, I would ask that you demand that the same concessions be extended to Virginia, and for that matter, to every other state in the nation,” continued Bolling.

In addition to the outrageous “pay off” tactics employed by Senate Democratic Leadership, Bolling encouraged Senators Webb and Warner to vote against the substance of the legislation, citing concerns that it will result in increased healthcare costs, increased insurance premiums, increased taxes on family and businesses and fewer options for individual patients.

The full text of Lieutenant Governor Bolling’s letter can be found below.

December 21, 2009

The Honorable Mark Warner
United States Senate
SDB Building 40C
Washington, DC  20510

The Honorable Jim Webb
United States Senate
144 Russell Building
Washington, DC 20510

RE:  Federal Healthcare Reform Legislation

Dear Senators Warner and Webb:

I have been following with great interest the important debate currently taking place in Washington with respect to the proposed reform of our nation’s healthcare system.

While I certainly agree that we face serious problems with respect to the affordability and availability of healthcare for many Americans, it is important that any reform legislation address these issues without creating other problems for American consumers and businesses or jeopardizing the quality of our healthcare delivery system, which is currently the best in the world.

For many reasons, I strongly oppose the healthcare reform legislation that is currently pending before the United States Senate and I encourage you to vote against this legislation and any procedural votes that would allow this legislation to come to a final vote.

In my judgment, the legislation currently pending in the Senate will ultimately increase the cost of healthcare and result in higher health insurance premiums and higher taxes for the vast majority of the American people.

In addition, I believe that this legislation will jeopardize the quality of healthcare that is currently available in our country and take important healthcare decisions out of the hands of consumers and turn these decisions over to government bureaucrats.

Perhaps most importantly, I am concerned that the cost of this legislation will be much higher than currently estimated, and it will inevitably add significantly to the cost of our federal deficit, which is, quite frankly, out of control and threatens the long term financial viability of our nation.

If these concerns were not reason enough to vote against this misguided legislation, I am writing to you today to let you know that I am outraged by reports that surfaced this weekend regarding concessions that were made to Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson to secure his vote in support of this legislation.

As you know, one of our major concerns with this legislation is the potential impact it could have on the cost of Medicaid for Virginia’s state government.   Many reports have suggested that this legislation could result in much higher Medicaid costs for state governments across the nation, costs that state governments simply cannot bear.

Against this background, I was amazed to hear that the Senate’s Democratic leadership had made concessions to Senator Nelson that would hold his home state of Nebraska harmless as to any additional Medicaid costs that might come about as a result of the enrollment of new Medicaid recipients after 2017.

I find these reports particularly troubling since they come on the heels of similar concessions that were given to Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana to secure her vote in support of this legislation just a few weeks ago.

In addition to the “pay offs” that were offered to Senators Nelson and Landrieu, unconfirmed media reports over the weekend have revealed that other Senators may have negotiated similar special treatment deals for their states. If these reports are accurate, this type of quid pro quo is unacceptable, and you and your colleagues should object strongly to the practice, which I have no doubt the American people will find offensive as well.

If the Senate’s leadership is so desperate to obtain votes to secure the passage of this legislation that they would make these types of concessions to these Senators, I would ask that you demand that the same concessions be extended to Virginia, and for that matter, to every other state in the nation.

Allowing key provisions in this legislation to be used to essentially buy votes from Senators Landrieu and Nelson at the expense of other states such as Virginia should be as offensive to you as it is to me, and it should give you all the reason you need to oppose this misguided legislation.

Thank you for your service to the people of Virginia and for considering my views on this important issue.

Very Truly Yours,

WILLIAM T. BOLLING
Lieutenant Governor
Commonwealth of Virginia

About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog.

Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.

5 Responses to “BOLLING CALLS ON WARNER AND WEBB TO VOTE AGAINST FEDERAL HEALTHCARE LEGISLATION”

  1. Tony Hall says:

    I liked everything he said except one thing."If the Senate’s leadership is so desperate to obtain votes to secure the passage of this legislation that they would make these types of concessions to these Senators, I would ask that you demand that the same concessions be extended to Virginia, and for that matter, to every other state in the nation."I wish he had said that the practice was UN-EXCEPTABLE! A BRIBE is a BRIBE!

  2. a god-fearing Virginian says:

    From a quietly prayerful and uncomplicated reading of Holy Scripture, we can say with clear simplicity that it is ungodly to work this hard to keep the poor from having health care and being healthy. Judgement will certainly be rendered by the Lord who said: “when I was sick you looked after me … I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me … [and] I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me. Then they will go away to eternal punishment” (Matthew 25.31-46 NIV). That will be a terrible day for those who oppose that the poor should have health care and be healthy.

  3. Tom White says:

    The work we are doing has nothing to do with providing health care to the poor. Medicaid does that. This bill is about the Federal Government taking over 1/6 of the economy and making the purchase of PRIVATE health insurance mandatory.

    The poor in Jesus day lived in caves or on the street, begged for food and had nothing more than the clothes on their backs.

    The poor today live in free government housing, have food stamps to buy anything they wish to eat, and get more money for making babies. And most are able to buy cigarettes and booze, if not drugs, with ease. Cable TV, cars, cell phones and whatever else they want.

    If Jesus would return to earth today, he would say that the United States has no poor.

    So, take your sanctimonious drivel back to the rock you live under. It will not fly here. Lies from the left are easy to see.

    I will pray that you open your eyes and see the Health Care Bill for what it is – another move towards a Socialist America and a deepening of the control the Godless Democrats want to thrust upon us.

  4. a god-fearing Virginian says:

    Thank you. One may importantly and significantly note that I quote the living Word of God, and you make the Lord a lifeless puppet to mouth your words without any Scriptural citation. We wonder if you have any Scriptural citations to show that Jesus would say that there are not poor among us today? We wonder also about the expression of animosity toward unborn infants? The Lord directly speaks to us: “See that you do not despise one of these little ones” (Matthew 18:10, NIV). Believers who know the New Testament will recall the admonition of the disciple Peter, and first Bishop of Rome: “be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” (1 Peter 5.8, NIV). Believers must decide what is a true expression of the Lord: to be kind to the poor and find ways to bring them health, including the health of unborn infants; or to rage against the poor, to accuse them of wrongs and crimes, and to ‘devour’ them with political rhetoric. For many, it is sad to think of devouring unborn infants with political rhetoric on the holy day observing the birth of the Living Word of God. But the devil prowls where he will to devour what he can. And so, Peter said ‘be watchful’. May all creation glorify the Lord, and cry out ‘come quickly Lord”.

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    Tom White Says:

    Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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