Virginia Gov. McAuliffe vetoes legislature’s anti-Medicaid expansion amendment, vows to find a way

posted at 7:21 pm on June 20, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

The White House will be so disappointed. Obama officials were really counting on McAuliffe to make this Medicaid expansion happen in good time, and McAuliffe in turn was really counting on his boozing-and-schmoozing skills to translate into his own made-up version of bipartisan governance. He has so far been remarkably unsuccessful at persuading either Republican legislators or Virginian voters to come around to his way of thinking on the proposed expansion, and there’s been some speculation that McAuliffe might keep up a budget standoff that could lead to the shutdown of the Virginia state government this summer — but the sudden resignation of a Democratic state senator earlier this month gave Republicans the full General-Assembly majority they needed to try to block Medicaid expansion for good. McAuliffe exasperatedly approved most of the state budget this week, but vetoed Republicans’ added anti-Medicaid amendment, via WaPo:

Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) vetoed portions of the state budget Friday, setting Virginia up for a legal showdown with legislative Republicans who oppose his efforts to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

McAuliffe exercised his line-item veto power to strike budget language that Republicans had hoped would block expansion of Medicaid.

McAuliffe railed against Republican opposition to expansion as he announced the move, referring to GOP leaders as stubborn and unwilling to compromise. He said that he would have vetoed the entire budget if it were not just 10 days until the end of the fiscal year, risking a government shutdown.

The General Assembly will take the budget back up on Monday, but for McAuliffe, of course, the fact that the legislature is decidedly against him is no reason to back off of his quest to find a way to expand Medicaid via executive action, à la President Obama. Good grief.

The governor for a month has been quietly exploring ways to get around the General Assembly to provide health care to 400,000 uninsured Virginians. On Friday, he publicly stated that he was pursuing such options.

“Secretary Hazel will have a plan on my desk by no later than September, first detailing how we can move Virginia health care forward even in the face of the demagoguery, lies, fear and cowardice that have gripped this debate for too long,” McAuliffe said, referring to Health and Human Resources Secretary William A. Hazel Jr.


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Executive orders at every level should be outlawed.

Democrat fascist pigs will be hardest hit.

Diluculo on June 20, 2014 at 7:25 PM

It’s no surprise. He’s scheming leftist Terry McAuliffe. Suck it, Virginia. You asked for this and I hope it costs you billions.

ROCnPhilly on June 20, 2014 at 7:31 PM

how we can move Virginia health care forward even in the face of the demagoguery, lies, fear and cowardice that have gripped this debate for too long,” McAuliffe said,

If someone accused me of that in public, I will call them out. I really don’t care that dueling has been outlawed, but that is crossing a line there.

Johnnyreb on June 20, 2014 at 7:31 PM

“…demagoguery, lies, fear and cowardice…” These are plays right out of this political hack’s playbook. In fact, they are deeply held character traits.

vnvet on June 20, 2014 at 7:34 PM

Ugh. Uberdouche on full display.

22044 on June 20, 2014 at 7:36 PM

“…demagoguery, lies, fear and cowardice…” These are plays right out of this political hack’s playbook. In fact, they are deeply held character traits.

vnvet on June 20, 2014 at 7:34 PM

Terry McAuliffe likes the concept of projection, does he not?

Conservchik on June 20, 2014 at 7:38 PM

how we can move Virginia health care forward even in the face of the demagoguery, lies, fear and cowardice that have gripped this debate for too long,” McAuliffe said,

Of course, because anyone with a point of view different from McAuliffe’s is clearly a liar and a coward, and both morally and intellectually inferior to His Highness.

What an arrogant, loathesome, narcissistic POS this guy is.

Enjoy what you voted for Virginia; it’s going to cost you, in so many ways. And you deserve it, for being foolish enough to put a crooked Clinton con man in the Governor’s Mansion.

AZCoyote on June 20, 2014 at 7:39 PM

Way to go, NoVa!

SouthernGent on June 20, 2014 at 7:40 PM

If someone accused me of that in public, I will call them out. I really don’t care that dueling has been outlawed, but that is crossing a line there.

Johnnyreb on June 20, 2014 at 7:31 PM

I, for one, would like to see dueling make a comeback.

ROCnPhilly on June 20, 2014 at 7:41 PM

I’m just glad we don’t have Cuccinelli banning condoms and public handholding.

crrr6 on June 20, 2014 at 7:43 PM

Maybe one of those Virginny boys will take a white glove and slap him in the face.Let’s get the party started.

docflash on June 20, 2014 at 7:50 PM

It’s no surprise. He’s scheming leftist Terry McAuliffe. Suck it, Virginia. You asked for this and I hope it costs you billions.

ROCnPhilly on June 20, 2014 at 7:31 PM

It never ceases to amaze me how some boneheads make pronouncements on how the Constitution of Virginia limits the power of the Governor without ever reading the document. Search as might McAuliffe cannot spend money that has not been authorized in the budget. He can executive order all he wants but has no budget authority to spend it. I assure the Virginia courts will quickly void any executive action in this direction. He can spend all the money that the Feds give him but he cannot spend a dime of State money to execute it.

jerryofva on June 20, 2014 at 7:52 PM

I’m just glad we don’t have Cuccinelli banning condoms and public handholding.

crrr6 on June 20, 2014 at 7:43 PM

I’m pretty sure the combination of those two activities is already illegal, something called “indecent exposure.”

If you actually think this would have happened under a Cuccinelli administration, please stop voting. Your unfixable stupid is ruining the country.

BKennedy on June 20, 2014 at 7:53 PM

I, for one, would like to see dueling make a comeback.
ROCnPhilly on June 20, 2014 at 7:41 PM

Ditto. Makes for polite society and God fearing to know you might get snuffed for a careless insult.

AH_C on June 20, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Let’s hope Mcauliff isn’t as successful as Kasich.

Wigglesworth on June 20, 2014 at 8:01 PM

[McAuliffe] has so far been remarkably unsuccessful at persuading either Republican legislators or Virginian voters to come around to his way of thinking…

So…how did he become governor again?

Newtie and the Beauty on June 20, 2014 at 8:30 PM

Don’t blame the geographic area of Virginia for voting for an ethically and morally corrupt Leftocrat like McAuliffe. It was the low information voters concentrated in Richmond, Roanoke, and Norfolk along with the scourge from the liberal Northeast moving to Northern Virginia to drink at the government trough.

iamsaved on June 20, 2014 at 8:32 PM

What a douche-bag!! He simply wants to hook more people on more “free” benefits, and leave Virginia taxpayeras on the hook to pay for them. I’m sure someone cancelled out my vote when I voted against this scuzzball.
I’m still trying to figure out how Atty Gen Cuccinelli’s legislation, that would have prevented repeating Kermit Gosnell’s abortion liitle shop of horrors in Virginia, can somehow get translated into “banning condoms and public handholding” but I guess that’s what occurs when the media is all-in for one side in an election.
I can hardly wait to see what kind of BS they’ll come up with against Ed Gillespie this election.

cas6039 on June 20, 2014 at 8:33 PM

iamsaved on June 20, 2014 at 8:32 PM

I saw the voting map, iamsaved. A “one county = one vote” approach, a la Electoral College, would’ve prevented McAuliffe (and other socialists) from ascending to office.

Newtie and the Beauty on June 20, 2014 at 8:40 PM

The General Assembly will take the budget back up on Monday, but for McAuliffe, of course, the fact that the legislature is decidedly against him is no reason to back off of his quest to find a way to expand Medicaid via executive action, à la President Obama.

Using executive orders to flout the will of the legislature is grotesquely offensive, which is why I was so heartened to see conservatives condemn Bobby Jindal for using the same means to withdraw Louisiana from Common Core…oh wait!

Joseph K on June 20, 2014 at 8:49 PM

Mark Levin describes McAuliffe as a “circus clown”

Hilarious

b1jetmech on June 20, 2014 at 9:02 PM

It’s no surprise. He’s scheming leftist Terry McAuliffe. Suck it, Virginia. You asked for this and I hope it costs you billions.

ROCnPhilly on June 20, 2014 at 7:31 PM

I realize and share your frustration with us down here. Philly of course should receive just deserts tenfold…and I speak as an escapee from that place you call home. We have a swath of northern Virginia populous dedicated to the government gods of Lobbying, Lawyering and Looting. They moved here from places mostly north. Despite that Ken Cucinelli would have won but for three things–a pseudo libertarian shill stealing critical votes, the RNC failing to lend meaningful support to a comservative candidate, and a stupid ass predecessor rhino guv trying to sell health crap of some kind. Still it sickens me that we have elected two bozo senators along with this corrupt tool of a guv who made millions on inside stock deals which hurt pensioners and others.

cthemfly on June 20, 2014 at 9:18 PM

Of course. A State where Republican’s freakishly regain control of the legislature would, of course, have a line item veto for the Governor to smoke them with. Of course. Sigh.

HopeHeFails on June 20, 2014 at 9:24 PM

Didn’t Repub Jan Brewer do this in AZ? Or am I incorrect?

LouisianaLightning on June 20, 2014 at 10:50 PM

I hope McAuliffe shuts down the state government over Medicaid, and the legislature refuses to pay the employees for their days off.

Let ‘em take vacation days if they want pay. Most of them voted this jerk into office, let them feel the same pain as everyone else.

Adjoran on June 20, 2014 at 10:51 PM

Suck it, Virginia. You asked for this and I hope it costs you billions.

ROCnPhilly on June 20, 2014 at 7:31 PM

Except that it won’t cost Virginia billions in the end, it will cost all of us billions; also, Virginia has latched itself firmly to the government teat and is quite happy to see itself enriched by revenues brought in from the leeching the feds do from the rest of the country.

They should suffer for their lousy choices, but they won’t. They’re being enriched.

xNavigator on June 20, 2014 at 11:11 PM

Except I am a Virginian who voted against Governor Creep.

I did not choose this guy, Adjoran and xNavigator.

If it were up to me I would divide VA into North and South.

That would take care of lot of my troubles.

So chew on that, friendos!

Sherman1864 on June 21, 2014 at 1:11 AM

Using executive orders to flout the will of the legislature is grotesquely offensive, which is why I was so heartened to see conservatives condemn Bobby Jindal for using the same means to withdraw Louisiana from Common Core…oh wait!

Joseph K on June 20, 2014 at 8:49 PM

I understand your point, but the only way to teach Democrats a lesson on things like this is to bludgeon them with the same weapons they use and when they’ve had their fill of it, offer legislation to outlaw such behavior.

Grammar Nazi on June 21, 2014 at 9:05 AM

“how we can move Virginia health care forward even in the face of the demagoguery, lies, fear and cowardice that have gripped this debate for too long”

Why is McAuliffe taking about himself this way?

Techster64 on June 21, 2014 at 9:59 AM

He can spend all the money that the Feds give him but he cannot spend a dime of State money to execute it.

jerryofva on June 20, 2014 at 7:52 PM

Terry is the worst kind of sleeze. He will use federal government money to build something the VA citizens will eventually have to pay for. Count on it.

I think he’s been surprised so far that he’s being asked to actually govern. He’s probably looking forward to 2016 when he can finally turn Virginia’s future over to the Clintons. It’ll be like old times…

ROCnPhilly on June 21, 2014 at 10:22 AM

Clintonista sleaze-ball, Terry McAuliffe, taking over as Governor in Virginia is like the the James-Younger gang riding into and shooting up a small Missouri farm town.

Esaus Message on June 21, 2014 at 11:49 AM

May McAwful live in interesting times.

– ancient Chinese curse

platypus on June 22, 2014 at 1:20 AM