How’s that push to expand Medicaid going in Virginia?

posted at 1:01 pm on February 6, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

Well. When he said he would govern by tapping his Irish-Catholic background and “taking people out for drinks and doing whatever it takes to get things done,” he really wasn’t kidding.

Desperately in need of Republican friends to get his agenda through a divided General Assembly, McAuliffe, a Democrat, has restocked the executive mansion bar and thrown open the doors for nightly receptions. In at least one case, he sniffed out just which craft beer a GOP bigwig likes and made sure to have it on hand.

“Sixty parties in 60 days!” McAuliffe has declared, referring to the length of the assembly session.

To the discount hooch and Bud Light normally on tap at the mansion, the governor has added top-shelf liquor and microbrews at his own expense — a move made possible by his personal wealth and made necessary by heightened scrutiny to mansion spending amid his predecessor’s gifts scandal. While appealing to the legislature’s more discriminating tipplers, McAuliffe has not forgotten the teetotalers: For them, he serves up daily breakfasts, picking up the private catering tab personally. …

But his nonstop entertaining has created the most buzz, in part because it feeds into the narrative that McAuliffe is Virginia’s schmoozer-in-chief. Whether his effort works or not remains to be seen.

I’m not necessarily knocking an executive making himself accessible and establishing personal relationships, but I’m just not quite sure that boozing-schmoozing alone is going to be enough to make a legitimate case for Medicaid expansion here. The Republican-led House of Delegates was rather unappreciative of McAuliffe’s suggestion that they abandon the bipartisan commission tasked with assessing the merits of expanding the program and simply hand the matter over to his executive behest by the end of the legislative session, and aren’t seeing any evidence from the governor’s office to convince them that expanding the program actually won’t end up being a fiscally unsustainable boondoggle in the long run.

McAuliffe and his critics invoked his entertaining this week in the midst of Republican complaints that the governor has been too short on policy specifics.

“I’ve never seen anyone so slow to get started” on legislation, House Majority Leader M. Kirkland Cox, R-Colonial Heights, had said in an interview with The Washington Post. “There seems to be an event over there every night. I’m not sure I’ve seen much else going on.” …

“This is like frat house governor,” said state Del. Robert Marshall, R-Prince William. “Clearly he’s trying to be friendly, but I’ll watch my wallet over there.”

The Obama administration considers Virginia “committed” to expanding Medicaid, but they might want to reexamine that as well as a few of their other Medicaid-related assumptions.

Just a fraction of the more than 6 million people the Obama administration has touted as being determined eligible for Medicaid under Obamacare are new enrollees, according to an independent study released Wednesday.

The new study, published by the health advisory company Avalere, estimates that between 1.1 and 1.8 million people are newly enrolled in Medicaid thanks to the Affordable Care Act over the final three months of 2013.

While federal officials have frequently cited increased Medicaid enrollment as an example of Obamacare’s success, they have been unable to report how many of those enrollees would have been eligible for the government program without the law’s expanded eligibility requirements.

 


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Yep, get them intoxicated to caste bad votes–that’s the McAuliffe way.

Armyspouse on February 6, 2014 at 1:06 PM

Congratulations, Virginia! You get what you voted for!

Red Cloud on February 6, 2014 at 1:07 PM

Congratulations, Virginia! You get what you voted for!

Red Cloud on February 6, 2014 at 1:07 PM

My thoughts exactly.

Gatsu on February 6, 2014 at 1:08 PM

Guv McAwful. Why is anybody surprised? This is what Virginia voters wanted.

I have been wondering if it takes a constitutional amendment to permit more of Virginia to join West Virginia. Given the option, I wouldn’t be surprised to see all of the territory from the Blue Ridge westward vote to join WV.

platypus on February 6, 2014 at 1:10 PM

To the discount hooch and Bud Light normally on tap at the mansion

Bud Light? I’d rather drink cat piss.

Terry is a beta.

Bishop on February 6, 2014 at 1:13 PM

So the price of freedom, our Second Amendment, religious liberty and out of control spending is now a “top-shelf bar with microbrews and a nice breakfast”?

Who knew Virginia Republicans would sell our liberties so cheaply?

Marcus Traianus on February 6, 2014 at 1:17 PM

I don’t see the House of Delegates going along with a plan to immediately expand Medicaid. Especially after the rancor caused by McAuliffe’s appointments to the ABC Board, his threat to use executive order to expand Medicaid, and (of course) AG Herring’s 900 vote mandate to completely scrap the ban on same sex marriage in the VA Constitution because he, personally, doesn’t agree with it.

Happy Nomad on February 6, 2014 at 1:19 PM

I have been wondering if it takes a constitutional amendment to permit more of Virginia to join West Virginia. Given the option, I wouldn’t be surprised to see all of the territory from the Blue Ridge westward vote to join WV.

platypus on February 6, 2014 at 1:10 PM

The Blue Ridge and west? I’m pretty sure everything 5 miles outside the Beltway would vote to join WV.

bigmacdaddy on February 6, 2014 at 1:20 PM

Who knew Virginia Republicans would sell our liberties so cheaply?

Marcus Traianus on February 6, 2014 at 1:17 PM

Ooooo! Ooooo! I know the answer to this one!

Everyone.

bigmacdaddy on February 6, 2014 at 1:21 PM

Bud Light? I’d rather drink cat piss.

Terry is a beta.

Bishop on February 6, 2014 at 1:13 PM

Yeah, I’m surprised he hasn’t put on his onesie, brewed up some hot chocolate, and had the House of Delegates over for a slumber party so they could talk about expanding Medicaid.

Happy Nomad on February 6, 2014 at 1:21 PM

Poor Virginia, it was once a state thought of moving to, now it wouldn’t even be considered, will be going further south to NC or SC.

take responsibility on February 6, 2014 at 1:21 PM

The Blue Ridge and west? I’m pretty sure everything 5 miles outside the Beltway would vote to join WV.

bigmacdaddy on February 6, 2014 at 1:20 PM

Or force DC to take back Arlington County and Alexandria (with the further gift of Fairfax County to sweeten the deal).

Happy Nomad on February 6, 2014 at 1:22 PM

A lot of people who were low income before Obamacare, did not “Sign Up” for Medicaid unless they were sick. They did not live in fear, they new that benefit was there for them if something bad happened. Many never signed up. They don’t know why they have to sign up now. They have not had to file taxes with the penalty yet, and we don’t know if they usually make out a tax return. That’s where the penalty is. Some of these people profit in the underground Cash Economy, and don’t keep receipts. Those people want to stay in the shadows.

Fleuries on February 6, 2014 at 1:22 PM

Or force DC to take back Arlington County and Alexandria (with the further gift of Fairfax County to sweeten the deal).

Happy Nomad on February 6, 2014 at 1:22 PM

Like there’s a difference between DC and Arlington.

bigmacdaddy on February 6, 2014 at 1:26 PM

While federal officials have frequently cited increased Medicaid enrollment as an example of Obamacare’s success, they have been unable to report how many of those enrollees would have been eligible for the government program without the law’s expanded eligibility requirements.

Lack of concrete data seems to be a perpetual problem with this administration.

Unless it suits their purpose.

How convenient.

GarandFan on February 6, 2014 at 1:34 PM

Like there’s a difference between DC and Arlington.

bigmacdaddy on February 6, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Oh! There’s a difference. DC still has conservatives. Not many but a few. Arlington is run by a raving pack of feral jackels. The only check on them is the fact that Richmond has to approve any local taxation (a bag tax for example) Otherwise Arlington would be just like Montgomery County (MD).

Happy Nomad on February 6, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Lack of concrete data seems to be a perpetual problem with this administration.

Unless it suits their purpose.

How convenient.

GarandFan on February 6, 2014 at 1:34 PM

Yeah and the GAO always seems to provide favorable numbers on cue but when the CBO comes out with a critical set of data it is stressed just how bipartisan they are.

Happy Nomad on February 6, 2014 at 1:37 PM

250 million were wasted in the Oregon exchange debacle.

Schadenfreude on February 6, 2014 at 1:38 PM

Or force DC to take back Arlington County and Alexandria (with the further gift of Fairfax County to sweeten the deal).

Happy Nomad on February 6, 2014 at 1:22 PM

Yeah, but then they’d just flee from DC to other parts of NoVa again. I wouldn’t mind joining up with WV, the direction we’re going.

changer1701 on February 6, 2014 at 1:39 PM

250 million were wasted in the Oregon exchange debacle.

Schadenfreude on February 6, 2014 at 1:38 PM

Hey! If just one child is now able to fly on his own wings……..

Happy Nomad on February 6, 2014 at 1:43 PM

Oh! There’s a difference. DC still has conservatives. Not many but a few. Arlington is run by a raving pack of feral jackels. The only check on them is the fact that Richmond has to approve any local taxation (a bag tax for example) Otherwise Arlington would be just like Montgomery County (MD).

Happy Nomad on February 6, 2014 at 1:36 PM

And Arlington has more parking.

Not much. But some.

*shudder*

The last thing the world needs is another Montgomery County.

bigmacdaddy on February 6, 2014 at 1:44 PM

I guess Virginia is stuck with this professional cocktail party host for the next 4 years.

royal flush on February 6, 2014 at 1:47 PM

BTW- From the Washington Times:

The Virginia legislature years ago banned governors from donating excess inauguration funds to political causes, but that hasn’t stopped Gov. Terry McAuliffe from finding a way to route $211,000 from his inaugural fund back to his election campaign and the Virginia Democratic Party, disclosure records show.

Terry got a lot of traction out of Bob McDonnell’s alleged ethics lapses. I guess the rules change when you’re a filthy carpetbagger Democrat.

Happy Nomad on February 6, 2014 at 1:50 PM

McAuliffe is supplying booze to the legislators in exchange for their vote. Isn’t that bribery?

edrebber on February 6, 2014 at 1:55 PM

I hope my delegate is a thorn in McAuliffe’s side. I will certainly let him know.

freedomfirst on February 6, 2014 at 2:01 PM

No fan of the Dems here, but compare this outreach to Obama who avoids talking to anyone? If anything McAuliffe is definitely showing his Clinton roots here.

skywalkr2 on February 6, 2014 at 2:04 PM

I have been wondering if it takes a constitutional amendment to permit more of Virginia to join West Virginia. Given the option, I wouldn’t be surprised to see all of the territory from the Blue Ridge westward vote to join WV.

platypus on February 6, 2014 at 1:10 PM

I took matters into my own hands. This Virginian is closing on his second home in WV next week. Might become my primary home at some point.

crrr6 on February 6, 2014 at 2:08 PM

There are no rules for Demoncrats. Terry is just following the Obama model.

I don’t think VA.willbe joining WV any time soon. They have too many Democrat voters. They are terribly confused over there. They don’t understand ideology. Two words: Joe Manchin.

BetseyRoss on February 6, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Sounds like the Guv’nors Mansion has become a Bed N Breakfast for lobbyists and Dem contributors. They won’t make laws their, they’ll sell them there.

RockRib on February 6, 2014 at 2:14 PM

I took matters into my own hands. This Virginian is closing on his second home in WV next week. Might become my primary home at some point.

crrr6 on February 6, 2014 at 2:08 PM

We would no longer be neighbors. :(
But you gotta vote w/ your feet if you must.
I’m thinking SC for my retirement at some point.

22044 on February 6, 2014 at 2:15 PM

22044 on February 6, 2014 at 2:15 PM

WV is trending in the right direction – not as quickly as VA in the wrong direction, but we’ve all got to do what we’ve got to do.

I knew I made the right decision when the home inspector commented about how the mountain on my property would make a great backstop for target shooting. I told him he wasn’t the first person to make that observation.

crrr6 on February 6, 2014 at 2:20 PM

I have been wondering if it takes a constitutional amendment to permit more of Virginia to join West Virginia. Given the option, I wouldn’t be surprised to see all of the territory from the Blue Ridge westward vote to join WV.

platypus on February 6, 2014 at 1:10 PM

I think it would be easier to just cede NoVA to DC.

Occams Stubble on February 6, 2014 at 2:20 PM

Esau sold his birthright for a mess of pottage.

DON’T BE AN ESAU.

Marcola on February 6, 2014 at 2:22 PM

Virginia is now a blue state. It is all but over.

alanstern on February 6, 2014 at 2:24 PM

I don’t think VA.willbe joining WV any time soon. They have too many Democrat voters. They are terribly confused over there. They don’t understand ideology. Two words: Joe Manchin.

BetseyRoss on February 6, 2014 at 2:11 PM

They are blue dog Democrats coming to grips with the fact that this hard-left national party doesn’t represent them anymore. They love their pork, but they are culturally conservative. Transformations generally don’t happen overnight.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Manchin doesn’t switch parties by the end of his term. After a while, trying to square the idea that the national party literally wants to steal your livelihoods away from you over their climate religion has to become untenable.

crrr6 on February 6, 2014 at 2:27 PM

I think it would be easier to just cede NoVA to DC.

Occams Stubble on February 6, 2014 at 2:20 PM

Man, I moved outta the Volksrepublik Marylands to get away from that socialist crap. Turning NoVa into Maryland 2.0 means I’ll have to move again

affenhauer on February 6, 2014 at 2:42 PM

Arlington is run by a raving pack of feral jackels.

Arlington now seems to be run for the exclusive benefit of illegal aliens – I used to live in Arlington, but now it’s populated by illegals and young, liberal political junkies who came here to be close to the messiah. Give Arlington to DC; it’s kind of like cutting off a gangrenous limb to save the rest of the body.

The reality is, though, that the rest of Northern VA has been overrun by upper-middle-class “consultants”, mostly liberal, who moved here from toxic places like New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and California – they moved here because of employment and lifestyle benefits – unfortunately, they brought the same liberal viewpoints that trashed the last place they lived.

They’re ill-mannered “guests”, who move here, trash the place, then will move on once they’ve completely soiled the nest. Brace yourself, Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina – they’re coming your way next. You can hear ‘em from a mile away – Jersey Shore accents at ear-shattering volumes, bad dye jobs, and driving a high-end SUV or minivan …

TMac, Kaine, Warner, they’re a result of these imports, not people who’ve spent most or all of their lives here.

Squiddy on February 6, 2014 at 2:43 PM

You should hear them push their agenda to have us live like they do in crappy little condos by a mileage tax. We live 100 miles away and commute there every day for work. Not having them as neighbors is worth the drive so they have to punish us.

Capt Blasto on February 6, 2014 at 3:14 PM

Virginia, a once great conservative State falls to the slimy left.

rplat on February 6, 2014 at 3:21 PM

,,,the newbies are here!
(:->)

KOOLAID2 on February 6, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Glad this is just a stop on the way to where we want to be

giscwo on February 6, 2014 at 5:18 PM

Guess I have to resort to insults again.

Listen up morons. Just because somebody shows up to affair given by the governor doesn’t mean his vote changes. If that were so why did George Bush have so much trouble with Democrats? Why couldn’t Obama get Rebublicans to vote for ACA? There will be no Medicaid expansion in Virginia.

I am tired of the kamikaze brigade making comments about Virginia when it is clear they they are clueless morons who have no idea on how things are done in Virginia or any legislative body.

jerryofva on February 6, 2014 at 6:25 PM

Remember when McAuliffe told Sean Hannity “That’s capitalism Sean, if you don’t like it move to China.”? That to explain how he made 18 million on the Global Crossing IPO.

brindle on February 6, 2014 at 6:26 PM

Or force DC to take back Arlington County and Alexandria (with the further gift of Fairfax County to sweeten the deal).

Happy Nomad on February 6, 2014 at 1:22 PM

Don’t forget to add Richmond, Charlottesville, and most of Tidewater.

fresh air on February 6, 2014 at 6:48 PM

Congratulations, Virginia! You get what you the stupid, the dead, and the fictional entities voted for!

Red Cloud on February 6, 2014 at 1:07 PM

Mostly stupid. The federal trough attracts them here from all over the country.

S. D. on February 6, 2014 at 7:37 PM