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Did Delegate Peace Agree With the Washington Post That We Do NOT Spend Enough on Medicaid?

I am not sure how to phrase this:  I saw an email I got from the Mechanicsville Tea Party that had this from Del. Chris Peace:

So I had to check this out!  It took most of my tarantula attention span to even find it on the delegate’s Twitter page!  I was ready to defend the delegate from an unfair attack.  But indeed on Del. Peace’s Twitter page is this very thing.  By the way, the Senate GOP caucus says this about their budget:

Then, on February 18, Senate Republicans on the Finance Committee voted to pass a conservative budget – without Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion.

Four days later, on February 22, all 21 Republican Senators voted to support the conservative Senate budget.

After the House of Delegates rejected the Senate’s fiscally responsible budget, every Senate Republican voted to remove Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion from the House’s budget, replacing it with our conservative spending plan on February 28.

The House rejected the Senate’s proposal again, forcing the budget into negotiations. Senate conferees held firm during negotiations, insisting that Medicaid expansion not be included in the budget.

With a special session to resolve the budget impasse just three weeks away, Senate Republicans are the only hope of preventing Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion from happening in Virginia.

It appears the Family Foundation seems to support the senate budget.  I rather doubt they would endorse paid abortions.  But the MTP had this too:

Surely NOT!  Does the delegate agree that there should be Medicaid expansion?  Clean Democratic Medicaid expansion?  Surely NOT.  Maybe he was just being nice to a colleague.  But, in the effort to find the Del. Peace Twitter page (I follow him and he follows me) I found this little gem:

Yes, that is right!  Let’s quote that little gem again:

ICYMI “Virginia … per capita Medicaid spending is close to the bottom of the 50 states. There’s a word for a rich state whose policy suggests contempt for its least fortunate citizens: disgrace.”

So the delegate first quotes the Washington Post.  For me, quoting the WPost is almost like quoting the old USSR Pravda.  The Post supported Alger Hiss, opposes Trump for irrational and mean reasons, and slimed Roy Moore.  I have little use for what that newspaper has to say.  Ditto for CNN, MSNBC and the NYTimes.

I can only say that this is serious.  Delegate Peace has said that we don’t spend ENOUGH on Medicaid and that this is a disgrace. (my emphasis)

I respectfully disagree.  I am open to a targeted partial expansion to help working poor get out of poverty.  But the numbers are not right and general expansion is a potential budget buster.  I would vote no on the House plan.

Maybe Delegate Peace made a mistake; it’s a tough time to be a legislator right now.  I want to respect my leaders and the offices they hold.  The Lord places them there.  Some (Nancy Pelosi comes readily to mind) make that hard.  It would be great for me to say I am wrong.  I am open to grace in any situation.  If he said our spending on Medicaid is not sufficient and that is a disgrace in a moment of tiredness, I think he should repudiate that tweet and apologize for it.

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

3 Responses to “Did Delegate Peace Agree With the Washington Post That We Do NOT Spend Enough on Medicaid?”

  1. Mark Twain says:

    Recall the comment of Mark Twain: “If voting mattered, they would not let us do it…”

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