McAuliffe all about the bipartisanship in his inauguration, but Medicaid expansion is on deck

posted at 5:31 pm on January 11, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

Terry McAuliffe’s victory over Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli in Virginia’s gubernatorial race in November came to fruition today, and predictably, his inaugural address was big on the partisan-healing, across-the-aisle style of politicking he claims that he will bring with him to Richmond, via Politico:

Terry McAuliffe, the legendary Democratic fundraiser and political fixer, had a message for Republicans during his rain-drenched inauguration Saturday as Virginia’s governor: Let’s make a deal.

“The impediments to consensus are well known: ideology, personal political ambition, partisanship or score-settling,” the 56-year-old said as longtime allies Bill and Hillary Clinton looked on. “No one who has served as an elected official has looked back and wished they had been more rigid, more ideological or more partisan. …

“Like four years ago, the skeptics are predicting divided government driven to gridlock by partisanship,” McAuliffe said. “Virginia, together, we will prove them wrong again.”

Still, the challenges are very real, and McAuliffe, who barely won his race, may have little room to maneuver. The 16-minute speech made clear the extent to which he understands that his success depends on crossover Republican support.

Whether McAuliffe can talk the talk and walk the walk is about to be tested in short order; the Obama administration is already counting on Virginia as “committed” to expanding Medicaid, and McAuliffe is going to have to make good on his campaign pledge to do so. The partisanship of the state Senate is currently 50/50 (and up for grabs with upcoming special elections this year), but the House of Delegates is still under Republican control, and House Speaker William Howell is none too keen on the Medicaid expansion. He made himself crystal clear in an op-ed last weekend:

As I have said many times before, Medicaid should not be expanded in Virginia for several reasons. First, the rollout of Obamacare is demonstrating that government-run health care does not work. Second, Medicaid still needs serious reforms. Third, there is no guarantee the federal government will keep its promise to pay for the expansion.

Instead of expanding Medicaid, Virginia should explore an alternative approach to covering those in the Obamacare coverage gap. We can do this without becoming entangled in Obamacare, expanding a broken program or relying on borrowed federal dollars.

Medicaid expansion is a key part of President Barack Obama’s health care law. Over the last four months, Americans have watched Obamacare unravel. The website barely works, premiums have skyrocketed and millions of health care plans have been canceled.

The troubles with Obamacare indicate that government-run health care programs don’t work well, if they “work” at all. It would be irresponsible for Virginia to become further entangled in Obamacare, and that’s exactly what Medicaid expansion would do.

The General Assembly convened for their 60-day session last Wednesday, so I’d expect the party to get started pretty quickly here.


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The stupid certainly do enjoy electing the least qualified man in the room.

I’m talking to you, America.

Lanceman on January 11, 2014 at 5:33 PM

Specifically, VIRGINIA, there lanceman.

Other elections have not gone to libtard idiots like this everywhere.

Very dissapointed in VA voters.

TX-96 on January 11, 2014 at 5:35 PM

TX-96 on January 11, 2014 at 5:35 PM

Allow me to introduce you to president dog-eater and Vice Precedent BiteMe…

Lanceman on January 11, 2014 at 5:38 PM

Terry McAuliffe’s victory over Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli in Virginia’s gubernatorial race in November came to fruition today

…and the voters will deserve EVERY shitty thing…that happens to them!

KOOLAID2 on January 11, 2014 at 5:46 PM

Who cares . . . they elected this bum now let them live with him. Virginia was once a great conservative state but now it’s just another liberal sludge pit.

rplat on January 11, 2014 at 5:48 PM

TX-96 on January 11, 2014 at 5:35 PM

Allow me to introduce you to president dog-eater and Vice Precedent BiteMe…

Lanceman on January 11, 2014 at 5:38 PM

Thats not what I was referring to, nationally anyway. Since this is a VIRGINIA thread.

TX-96 on January 11, 2014 at 5:49 PM

Thats not what I was referring to, nationally anyway. Since this is a VIRGINIA thread.

TX-96 on January 11, 2014 at 5:49 PM

Thanks to ‘public’ education, stupid transcends state borders.

We have our own stupid here in Floriduh. ‘Senator’ Bill Nelson exhibit A. A brainless, vapid, vacuous version of Joe Biden.

Lanceman on January 11, 2014 at 5:54 PM

Virginia is still mostly a decent place. But like a healthy person who gets an aggressive cancer, the tumor of Northern Virginia is sapping the life and liberty out of it.

Absent real reform of the federal government in the next 20 years, Virginia will become Maryland.

If that’s not enough to scare them into church, nothing is.

Adjoran on January 11, 2014 at 6:08 PM

Here in Kentucky the Stupid have already opened the flood gates for Obama care with 70% of the newly singed up people being shoved onto Medicaid. Not sure where they are going to find a Doctor to treat them, but that is a matter for a different discussion.

Not sure what is going to happen when the Fed starts to turn off the free Medicaid money tap in 2018. We cant afford it.

Johnnyreb on January 11, 2014 at 6:09 PM

It’s still hard to believe Virginia elected him.

Washington, Jefferson, Madison, George Mason, Patrick Henry, et al., weep for their state.

INC on January 11, 2014 at 6:09 PM

Virginia was once a great conservative state but now it’s just another liberal sludge pit.

rplat on January 11, 2014 at 5:48 PM

I blame DC, Maryland and Amtrak for that.

Johnnyreb on January 11, 2014 at 6:13 PM

The stupid certainly do enjoy electing the least qualified man in the room.

I’m talking to you, America.

Lanceman on January 11, 2014 at 5:33 PM

Specifically, VIRGINIA, there lanceman.

Other elections have not gone to libtard idiots like this everywhere.

Very dissapointed in VA voters.

TX-96 on January 11, 2014 at 5:35 PM

No one is blaming the VA GOPe and the national GOPe? Because you should.

Myron Falwell on January 11, 2014 at 6:20 PM

Rained on his inauguration? A portent of things to come, I’d say.

Bitter Clinger on January 11, 2014 at 6:26 PM

A country that puts the likes of him in the governor’s office, Pocahontas Warren in the US Senate, and re-elects a total failure to the White House is a country in deep, deep trouble.

Rational Thought on January 11, 2014 at 6:38 PM

May his uberdouchiness be his undoing.

22044 on January 11, 2014 at 6:46 PM

I do blame the GOPe ….

at least the VA house is still GOP ….
so not sure how much this guy will get done.

conservative tarheel on January 11, 2014 at 6:51 PM

My poor, poor Commonwealth. I am so very disappointed. We’re done, and doubtful we will ever be a red state again.

bernzright777 on January 11, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Since the federal government has become the work (actually more welfare than work) employer of choice for the same people who would be on welfare or disability otherwise have all moved to Northern Virginia for those jobs. They bring their liberal mentality with them. Little wonder they’re turning Virginia into another liberal cesspool.

Grade creep has created jobs in the DC area that are two and three pay grade levels over what they should be with the work load and job responsibility increasingly diminished over the years that many flock to these federal jobs. Minorities and foreigners have become the majority in many agencies who again usually vote Democrat.

iamsaved on January 11, 2014 at 7:04 PM

Washington, Jefferson, Madison, George Mason, Patrick Henry, McAuliffe!
Has a certain ring to it, doesn’t it?

NavyMustang on January 11, 2014 at 7:22 PM

Ironic that the dame in the flag is standing on McAuliffe’s master.

Rich stuff.

Sherman1864 on January 11, 2014 at 7:26 PM

“The impediments to consensus are well known: ideology, personal political ambition, partisanship or score-settling,” the 56-year-old said as longtime allies Bill and Hillary Clinton looked on.

No one knows this better than the orchestrator of the Clinton ambitions and the Clintons themselves.

onlineanalyst on January 11, 2014 at 7:49 PM

Washington, Jefferson, Madison, George Mason, Patrick Henry, McAuliffe!
Has a certain ring to it, doesn’t it?

NavyMustang on January 11, 2014 at 7:22 PM

McAwful the statesman ascends to govern the great commonwealth. I notice that not even HuffPo is making note of this great day. At least some of the have the sense to be embarrassed.

juliesa on January 11, 2014 at 9:05 PM

Rained on his inauguration? A portent of things to come, I’d say.

Bitter Clinger on January 11, 2014 at 6:26 PM

…I think someone was pi$$ing!

KOOLAID2 on January 11, 2014 at 9:53 PM

We have our own stupid here in Floriduh. ‘Senator’ Bill Nelson exhibit A. Another brainless, vapid, vacuous version of d1ckhole just like Joe Biden.

Lanceman on January 11, 2014 at 5:54 PM

fixed

cableguy615 on January 11, 2014 at 10:14 PM

I blame DC, Maryland and Amtrak for that.

Johnnyreb on January 11, 2014 at 6:13 PM

….and let’s not forget our great Republican establishment “friends” (pfft!) that stabbed Cuccineli in the back by backing this pathetic punk McAwful . (You know …party unity and all that!)

cableguy615 on January 11, 2014 at 10:18 PM

…..which is why I am enjoying watching the Jersey lardass fall! He didn’t lift one fat finger to help Ken C. in VA . Nobody in the RINO herd chipped in penny one for his campaign ! May all these “electable” douchebags suffer the same fate ! Popcorn anyone ?

cableguy615 on January 11, 2014 at 10:21 PM

“The impediments to consensus are well known: ideology, personal political ambition, partisanship or score-settling,”

By which, of course, he means your ideology and your partisanship, never his own.

There Goes the Neighborhood on January 11, 2014 at 10:58 PM

I can see from the comments that you people are clueless on the legislative process. Like the Federal government legislative is an “and” process which requires that House of Delegates and the Senate pass a bill and then Governor must sign the bill for it to become law. Republicans hold a 30 seat majority in a 100 House of Delegates, and the Senate is evenly split. The result will be a very frustrated Terry McAuliffe. He cannot change the status quo until at least 2016 when a new legislature will be elected.

Given the political demographics of Virginia where the Democrats rack huge majorities in about 25 legislative districts this is an impossible hill to climb. I have been making this point since this summer and since few if any of Hotair posters actually know anything about Virginia or it seems about the legislative process is general this kind of prattle doesn’t surprise me.

jerryofva on January 12, 2014 at 10:25 AM

How does this relate to Medicaid?

A 2009 Pentagon-backed report revealed that “over half of young adults” are disqualified from military service “because of health issues,” not including those unfit due to drug or alcohol problems. The correlation between good health and academic achievement is long documented.

-from the article

Medicaid is not going to fix these things that disqualify someone from military service. The poor have Medicaid right now…expansion expands Medicaid to more adults who DON’T HAVE children. We need a statistic here telling us how many young people who’s families already qualify for Medicaid are unfit…and you know it probably means they are too fat…just like the school lunches the kids are either starving or too fat or both.

There is also the CHIPS program. If parents are already on Medicaid or the kids already qualify for CHIPS and they are not healthy enough for military service…they never will be.

Fleuries on January 12, 2014 at 2:39 PM