McAuliffe: If this bipartisan commission can’t decide on Medicaid expansion soon, just give me executive authority

posted at 12:01 pm on January 21, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

Hey, remember that one time — you know, barely a week ago — when freshly-inaugurated Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe was expressing his imperturbable confidence in his completely untested governing abilities, insisting that his style of politicking would be hyper-bipartisan and touting his commitment to deftly working through the gridlock with an open mind?

But, hey, expanding Medicaid is really, really important, so… wash.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe intends to wrest the power to expand Medicaid away from a legislative commission and put it in his own hands, one of several moves threatening to undermine the new governor’s courtship of the GOP-controlled General Assembly.

McAuliffe (D) announced Monday that he will seek that authority through a proposed budget amendment if the Medicaid Innovation and Reform Commission does not agree within the next 60 days to enroll 400,000 more Virginians into the federal-state health-care program for the poor. Republicans flatly opposed his proposal on policy grounds and procedural ones: The governor does not have the right, they said, to propose amendments this early in the process. …

“He is saying, ‘Let’s work on a bipartisan, collaborative effort to move Virginia forward.’ And gosh that’s warm and fuzzy,” said Senate Majority Leader Thomas K. Norment Jr. (R-James City). “But . . . ‘I’m going to jam Medicaid expansion through, telling a legislative committee to immediately meet and come to some conclusion. I am insistent on some of the ecumenical approaches that everyone should be able to love whomever they want.’ He’s just thrown down the gauntlet on a number of issues, which I think is a little presumptuous for someone that has been in public office less than a week in his entire life.”

Republicans are in control of the commonwealth’s House of Delegates, and the partisan fate of the state Senate is actually up for a slim-majority grab in a special election being held today — but either way, McAuliffe is going to have to deal with a Republican-held or divided General Assembly, and the Republicans are not impressed with what is one of his first legislative ideas out of the gate after his pre-inauguration weeks of a coordinated, schmooze-tastic charm offensive.

House Republican leaders remain adamantly opposed to expansion, insisting the state must first implement reforms to make Medicaid more cost efficient. Lawmakers last year created the Medicaid Innovation and Reform Commission to monitor reforms and ultimately decide whether the state should expand eligibility to cover an additional 400,000 low-income Virginians.

“We’re just beginning the process for the MIRC, and to just take some sudden vote because the governor wants to force everyone’s hand is just not wise at all,” said House Majority Leader Kirk Cox, R-Colonial Heights.

Del. Chris Jones, R-Suffolk, defended the methodical approach demanded by House Republicans, saying lawmakers must make sure that expansion comes with cost controls.

“That’s why we’re taking this very measured approach,” said Jones, the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.

Why am I not filled with confidence here?


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Obamaitis is catchy.

portlandon on January 21, 2014 at 12:05 PM

As bad as Andrew Cuomo.

22044 on January 21, 2014 at 12:07 PM

Are we really surprised that a sleazy corrupt progressive-fascist is intending to embrace fascism?

Athos on January 21, 2014 at 12:08 PM

He’s got a pen, and he’s not afraid to use it.

Christien on January 21, 2014 at 12:08 PM

seems to be a Theme with Democrat politicians…

kind of reminds one of a certain type of individual?

let’s see Class, what do we know about people who behave in
this manner??

They’re called what?? THAT’S RIGHT!! A DICTATOR!!

Well you know the word DEMOCRAT is a gateway word to…

DICTATOR!!

Now back to HotAir’s POT Theme of the day.

ToddPA on January 21, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Why am I not filled with confidence here?

Because we’re talking about Virginia. All McAuliffe has to do is wait a couple of days and the VA GOP will roll over. That’s what I learned from my time there.

besser tot als rot on January 21, 2014 at 12:10 PM

I won

cmsinaz on January 21, 2014 at 12:11 PM

Totalitarianism is contagious.

celtic warrior on January 21, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Why am I not filled with confidence here?

Because you have a brain.

AUINSC on January 21, 2014 at 12:14 PM

This will be a rocky ride. But not to fear. The end is inevitable and Virginians have been down the road before: bankruptcy.

pat on January 21, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Lying Democrats? GTFO.

Red Cloud on January 21, 2014 at 12:20 PM

Obamaitis is catchy.

portlandon on January 21, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Yes it is.

He’s got a pen, and he’s not afraid to use it.

Christien on January 21, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Not only not afraid, but eager to use it and, really, do away with pesky obstruction from legislators altogether.

hawkeye54 on January 21, 2014 at 12:20 PM

Looking ahead, who has the ultimate authority, a federal dictator or a state dictator?

fogw on January 21, 2014 at 12:20 PM

Medicaid Innovation and Reform Commission does not agree within the next 60 days to enroll 400,000 more Virginians into the federal-state health-care program for the poor.

So the commission has to come to the same thinking as him to be correct? Strong arm tactics is the Dem way. Why even come up with the commission in the first place then I since we all knew what he wanted to do. I mean he hasn’t even been on the job 6 months and he is doing crap like this.

Hey Terry, up yours!

Patriot Vet on January 21, 2014 at 12:29 PM

Jesus, here we go…

faol on January 21, 2014 at 12:36 PM

So, in Virginia, the Democrats are in favor of expanding government inefficiently while the Republicans are in favor of expanding government efficiently.

What’s missing from this picture?

Socratease on January 21, 2014 at 12:39 PM

They’re all the same.

JellyToast on January 21, 2014 at 12:39 PM

So, in Virginia, the Democrats are in favor of expanding government inefficiently while the Republicans are in favor of expanding government efficiently.

What’s missing from this picture?

Socratease on January 21, 2014 at 12:39 PM

The taxpayers getting screwed from both sides.

hawkeye54 on January 21, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Got out and voted before the snow started to fall.

Currently at 2″ of global warming on the ground and more predicted, which will keep many home.

You just have to love how the ‘Independent’ ex-GOP squish candidate can claim to be ‘anti-abortion’ and pro-obamacare expansion… and touts himself as ‘the real conservative’ too. He is a simple vote stealer from the GOP, and you can expect more of such ‘real conservatives’ showing up in races as ‘Independents’ to help Democrats win. Watch out for them in elections near you the next couple of years. I expect these squishes to be showing up a lot to do their duty for their Elite brethren.

ajacksonian on January 21, 2014 at 12:44 PM

Jesus, here we go…

faol on January 21, 2014 at 12:36 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wH0Mc7zn4vc

davidk on January 21, 2014 at 12:51 PM

He’s just thrown down the gauntlet on a number of issues, which I think is a little presumptuous for someone that has been in public office less than a week in his entire life.”

Presumptuous, yes, to normal people, but these are Democrats…being a sleazy money man and part of a failed company make him qualified to declare himself emperor right out of the gate. All he has to do is look at the WH for inspiration.

changer1701 on January 21, 2014 at 1:08 PM

Scratch a fascist, find a democrat.
Scratch a democrat, find a progressive fascist.

jukin3 on January 21, 2014 at 1:10 PM

Let my give my new Governor a lesson in Virginia Constitutional Law and practical politics.

Since the Governor lacks the authrity to expand medicaid on his own he must be given authority by the Legislature. The House of Delgates is controlled by your political opposition with a 30 seat majority. In other words, you aren’t getting the power.

jerryofva on January 21, 2014 at 1:21 PM

Because we’re talking about Virginia. All McAuliffe has to do is wait a couple of days and the VA GOP will roll over. That’s what I learned from my time there.

says idiot besser.

jerryofva on January 21, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Expect Eric Holder and the Justice Department Civil Rights Division to express an opinion in early February that
it is a violation of the Civil Rights Act for the Virginia legislature not to expand Medicaid.

The Obama administration no longer cares about the Constitution or what laws actually say. The peasants must submit or be punished.

pilsener on January 21, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Democrat = LIAR….

ExpressoBold on January 21, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Thank the voters in Virginia who elected McAuliffe.

Some day, voters in a state far-away will realize this generation of “Democrats” are nothing of the sort.

Marcus Traianus on January 21, 2014 at 1:40 PM

When are these idiots going to learn not to trust liberal, left wing Democrats? Virginia is heading for the sewer at warp speed.

rplat on January 21, 2014 at 1:40 PM

Patriot Vet on January 21, 2014 at 12:29 PM

Why yes, the Commission has to agree. For Democrats, Commissions or committees are devices that provide political cover while you do what you want. Real people expect them to do things like reason and deliberate, before coming to a rational conclusion.

tngmv on January 21, 2014 at 1:41 PM

This is McAuliffe. Is anyone really surprised? Well, maybe some of the Lo-Info Voters here might be, but not most.

GWB on January 21, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Message to the idiots

Here is what really is going to happen. The House of Delegates will refuse to grant McAullife the Authority to expand medicaid. McAullife will not sign the budget causing a government shutdown. Heah, it got him elected didn’t it. [Thanks, Ted Cruz] What he fails to comprehend is that shutting down Virginia state government will not have much of an effect on people outside of the Democrat electoral base. He will end up caving because unlike the idiots here he will figure out that control of a single house of the legislature by the opposition can block all his initiatives.

It is amazing how poorly so called “constitutionalist” conservatives/Libertarians or what ever the idiot class calls themselves understand how constitutional government works.

jerryofva on January 21, 2014 at 2:33 PM

This is McAuliffe. Is anyone really surprised? Well, maybe some of the Lo-Info Voters here might be, but not most.

GWB on January 21, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Yeah, but sooner or later they’ll discover McAuliffe is white and his poll numbers will go up.

Happy Nomad on January 21, 2014 at 2:37 PM

He will end up caving because unlike the idiots here he will figure out that control of a single house of the legislature by the opposition can block all his initiatives.

jerryofva on January 21, 2014 at 2:33 PM

McAuliffe has yet to figure out that Governor of Virginia only has a limited amount of leverage. With only four years, they have to decide quickly what they want to get accomplished and stay on script. McAuliffe seems to be throwing a bunch of stuff out there without any real plan other than to go out after guns and get more parasites signed up for an unaffordable long-term entitlement program.

I don’t his comments about ruling by executive order was bluster, I think it was a complete lack of political experience that is going to come back and haunt Dems in 2014 and 2015 elections. I predict he will be completely lame-ducked after the next GA elections.

Happy Nomad on January 21, 2014 at 2:42 PM

Corrupt Democrats gone Wild!! Virginia you deserve this King McAuliffe!! Virginia you are toast with this creep.

karlinsync on January 21, 2014 at 3:23 PM

I guess McAuliffe figures if bulldozing works for Obama, why not for him?

RebeccaH on January 21, 2014 at 3:37 PM

Wasn’t this the plot for Terminator III?

itsspideyman on January 21, 2014 at 3:40 PM

McAuliffe: yet another Democrat who is a Fascist.

Just give him a pen, watch how quickly he’ll get those boxcars filled and runnin’ along on their one-way trip to the Wonderful Socialist Vacation Camps.

McAuliffe, another Democrat Fascist: ‘what’s with all this talk about “the Constitution”? What does it matter?!’

Lourdes on January 21, 2014 at 4:11 PM

Happy Nomad:

Your post gives me hope that there actually intelligent people who still post here. I long for the old Captains Quarters demographics.

jerryofva on January 21, 2014 at 4:46 PM

Heah Morons, Listen Up:

http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2014/01/dean-weingarten/virginia-lawmakers-pass-concealed-weapons-and-suppressor-reform-resist-police-pressure/#comments

The House of Delegates just told McAullife to pound sand with agenda.

jerryofva on January 21, 2014 at 6:03 PM

…the pen is mightier than the sword…

KOOLAID2 on January 21, 2014 at 9:16 PM