Thursday, July 19, 2012

Obamacare - #4055 - Ken Cuccinelli: Looking Ahead - Obamacare and the Supreme Court - Cuccinelli Compass (2) Ken Cuccinelli: Virginia Should Opt Out of Medicaid Expansion - Washington Post

Dear Fellow Virginians, This is the "looking ahead" Compass regarding the healthcare ruling by the Supreme Court. I've already identified for you Justice Ginsburg's willingness to completely abandon her own legal position on the tax question (she said in oral argument it was NOT a tax) in order to uphold the bill. And I passed along to you the extremely thorough, point by point refutation of Chief Justice Roberts' tax opinion - the part of his opinion in which he upheld the federal healthcare law. Today, as we look ahead, there are two subjects for the states, including Virginia's Governor and legislature. And there's one issue left for us citizens - repeal. However much of this Compass you read, make sure you read the portion on repeal toward the end. For the States -  This past week I briefed about 1/3 of all of our Virginia legislators - Republicans and Democrats - about the choices they have before them on two issues: 1) whether to expand Medicaid under the federal healthcare law; and 2) whether Virginia should set up its own healthcare exchange, or simply default to the federal exchange that will be set up if Virginia does not act. My own position on both questions is that Virginia should NOT proceed with either undertaking. Once you decide, you should contact your Senator and Delegate to let them know what you think.  Read more.......

Cuccinelli: Virginia Should Opt Out of Medicaid Expansion - Washington Post - Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli wants Virginia to opt of the new federal health law’s Medicaid expansion. “I do not think we should get into the expansion,’’ Cuccinelli said in an interview. “If I were the governor, I would not seek the expansion.’’ McDonnell told legislators last week that he was considering opting out, but he needed more information from the federal government. He said the same thing while hosting the National Governors Association this weekend in Williamsburg, where other governors expressed similar reservations. At least six Republican governors have announced that they would not participate. Cuccinelli’s rival for the governor’s mansion next year, Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R), sent McDonnell a letter last week urging him not to expand Medicaid.  Read more........

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