Editor’s Note: RPV Chairman Pat Mullins responded to the Stimpson Letter and that is posted in a separate post here. Tom White
I have been mulling the issue of the expansion of Medicaid. I finally decided that I am against it. I am against it for a simple reason: Medicaid is designed to be a safety net for the truly needy. This expansion to 133% of the poverty level will turn Medicaid into an entitlement program like WIC and SNAP (That’s food stamps!) and once the majority of the nation is on an entitlement program, we’ll never have an Constitutional Republic. It’ll be time to go to Chile or Botswana! And Virginia will become a blue state.
Former Lt. Governor candidate and Chairman of the Stafford County Board of Supervisors Susan Stimpson sent me and ten thousand others an email stating that the select committee discussing Medicaid expansion is close to a deal to bring it in. I tend to trust this source although I only met Susan briefly at my table at the Chesterfield GOP Lxxxxxn-Reagan Day Dinner and was impressed with her. Here’s a highlight or two:
While conservatives in Washington are attempting to draw a line in the sand by trying to defund Obamacare, and the full effects of this disastrous law begin to become clear, what are Virginia Republicans doing?
This week Governor McDonnell said “If they say ‘done,’ Medicaid expansion goes into place.”
And listen to Republican Senator Emmett Hanger, a member of the commission and proponent of Medicaid/Obamacare expansion, bragging about the Obama administration being close to accepting proposed reforms: “I’d say we are a little more than halfway there.”
Of course what our Republican leaders don’t seem to recognize is that once any entitlement is created or expanded, it is almost impossible to reverse. If they don’t have the guts to fight expanding its implementation, do you really believe they would ever end it? And the Obama administration will make whatever concessions necessary in the short term to achieve their goal; Obamacare in every state. Liberals never give up, and they will see the erosion and elimination of reforms. Obamacare expansion will be a budget buster for Virginia leading to more massive tax increases.
I urge you to call Pat Mullins and demand he denounce this move towards Obamacare expansion. And call the individual members of the Medicaid Innovation and Reform Commission and urge them not to expand Obamacare. Call your own delegate and senator.
The majority of Americans and Virginians disapprove Obamacare. They know it is already wreaking havoc on our own healthcare, on our small businesses and our families. If you agree with me, please contact our GOP leaders and the members of the commission. Let’s fight this together.
Here’s the list of state senators and delegates on the committee. Call them today. Tell them: NO MEDICAID EXPANSION!
Chairman Pat Mullins – (804) 780-0111
Speaker Bill Howell – Capitol: (804) 698-1028 District: (540) 371-1612
Senator Tommy Norment – Capitol: (804) 698-7503 District: (757) 259-7810
Senator Walter A. Stosch – Capitol: (804) 698-7512 District: (804) 527-7780
Senator Emmett W. Hanger, Jr. – Capitol: (804) 698-7524 District: (540) 885-6898
Senator John C. Watkins – Capitol: (804) 698-7510 District: (804) 379-2063
Delegate R. Steven Landes – Capitol: (804) 698-1025 District: (540) 255-5335
Delegate Beverly J. Sherwood – Capitol: (804) 698-1029 District: (540) 667-8947
Delegate John M. O’Bannon, III – Capitol: (804) 698-1073 District: (804) 282-8640
Delegate James P. Massie, III – Capitol: (804) 698-1072 District: (804) 377-0100