Will Virginia GOP support massive government expansion?

The legislative process is often compared to making sausage, meaning it’s messy and ugly and it’s probably better if you just didn’t watch.  That's why we are in Richmond every day during the General Assembly Session.  It is our duty to be your eyes and ears to hold legislators accountable if they start inserting bad ingredients in the sausage.

Unfortunately, bad sausage making is exactly what happened this week in Richmond. We have a clear choice between what’s good for the Commonwealth and what’s bad.  Lawmakers in both the House of Delegates and Senate will vote on their respective budgets on Thursday and the difference between the two—both supported by Republicans—couldn’t be more stark.
 
In the Senate, a budget passed out of the Finance Committee that was called one of the most conservative in state history.  While that may be stretching it a bit, it modestly increases Medicaid spending for the truly needy such as people with mental illness and addiction, and sets aside money for the state’s rainy day fund.  However, it doesn’t include the poison pill of Obamacare Medicaid expansion.

IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED!

Call to Action

Today Delegate Kilgore wrote an Op-Ed in the Roanoke Times justifying Medicaid expansion using work requirements!
 
States that have expanded Medicaid who are requesting work requirement waivers are using these waivers to ROLL BACK EXPANSION NOT SAVE IT?
 
House of Delegates is voting today at 3pm, call your delegate and tell them to

OPPOSE MEDICIAD EXPANSION UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES:

To contact your legislator, click here
 

We Need to Cover the Most Needy, Not Able-Bodied Adults

Proponents of Obamacare Medicaid expansion have asked Virginians to ignore the facts, telling us: “Who you gonna believe - me…or your own eyes?”
 
Here are some facts:

FACT: Obamacare Medicaid Expansion has exceeded projected costs by 110%

FACT: Obamacare Medicaid Expansion has forced many states to dramatically hike taxes

FACT: Obamacare Medicaid Expansion will force the state to cut education and other priorities

FACT: Obamacare Medicaid Expansion makes it harder for vulnerable recipients to find a doctor

FACT: Obamacare Medicaid Expansion provides more money for childless, able-bodied adults

FACT: Obamacare Medicaid Expansion is out of control, accounting for 10% of the federal deficit

Special Needs vs. Special Interests

This week a house committee killed Education Savings Accounts that would have helped special needs and low-income students, underserved by their current public school.  House Bill 1286, Parental Choice Education Savings Accounts (PCESAs), died in subcommittee.  Virginia Education special interests, including Virginia Education Association (VEA) and the Virginia School Board Association (VSBA) opposed this legislation.  We were very disappointed that Del. Gordon Helsel, Jr. of Poquoson joined the special interests and was the lone Republican who voted with Democrats to kill the legislation.

GOP Del. Glenn Davis of Virginia Beach made an impassioned plea to support the measure that would allow K-12 special needs students or students whose family income is below 300% of the poverty line to withdraw from public school and be educated in either a private school or home school.  Under the legislation, the parents would have received approximately $4,000 for a restricted use education savings account. The public school would have retained two-thirds of the state per-pupil expenditure which could have been used to cover the fixed cost of school operations and for investing in students who choose to remain in public school.

Simply stated, if this bill had become law, each PCESA student would have been educated in the private sector for one-third the cost while the student-to-teacher ratio in the public school would have gone down with the net per-pupil expenditure for remaining students going up.  A win for everyone.

But, unfortunately once again, the special interests defeated those with special needs.  Middle Resolution will continue this fight in the future, and we thank everybody who responded to our call to action.

Call to Action! Parental Choice Education bill up for vote in House

Call to Action

Parental Choice Education bill up for vote in House
 
Urgent! Contact your legislators and demand Parental Choice Education Savings Accounts.  Tell them to:
 
Vote in favor of HB1286
 
HB1286 will be up for a vote in a House Education Subcommittee today.  This bill allows a parent to withdraw their child from public school and let the tax dollars follow the child. Parents can use the money—an average of $4000—to enroll the child in private school or home school them.
 
Here is a link to the actual legislation
 
Please call, e-mail, or write your elected representatives and tell them to support Parental Choice Education Savings Accounts!
 
You can find contact information for your representatives here.

Urgent! Parental Choice bill up for vote

Call to Action

Parental Choice Education bill up for vote in House
 
Urgent! Contact your legislators and demand Parental Choice Education Savings Accounts.  Tell them to:
 
Vote in favor of HB1286
 
HB1286 will be up for a vote in a House Education Subcommittee next week.  This bill allows a parent to withdraw their child from public school and let the tax dollars follow the child. Parents can use the money—an average of $4000—to enroll the child in private school or home school them.
 
Here is a link to the actual legislation
 
Please call, e-mail, or write your elected representatives and tell them to support Parental Choice Education Savings Accounts!
 
You can find contact information for your representatives here.

Do they think we're stupid? If we expand Medicaid we get free money. Huh?

Follow the money. Democrats in the General Assembly and Governor Northam will have us believe that if we just pass “straightforward Medicaid expansion,” Virginia will reap millions from the federal government, which reimburses states for new Medicaid recipients under Obamacare.  It’s free money, like manna from Washington, right?  Everybody wins.  Who could be opposed? 
 
“Follow the money” is a phrase from the Watergate days, and in many ways Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion program is another scandal.  What is known as Obamacare’s “dirty little secret,” the federal government reimburses almost all the costs to the states who add new people to Medicaid rolls including non-working, able-bodied adults with no children.  However, the feds will cover as little as half the cost of people who qualified for Medicaid before Obamacare.  This provides a perverse incentive to punish those who need help the most - like disabled children or individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities. In fact, there are more than a half million needy people across the country on waiting lists hoping to qualify for Medicaid.

Will Medicaid expansion blow a hole in Virginia's budget?

On healthcare, there’s one thing most everyone on all sides of the issue can agree to: As many Virginians as possible should have health insurance. For decades, the question in Virginia and across the country has been "How do we achieve that?" 
 
One side argues that the government should be responsible for providing health insurance universally; it's a fundamental “right,” they say.  This was the argument proponents of Obamacare and Medicaid expansion used when passing the ACA eight years ago. Gov. Northam said this week expanding Medicaid is a “matter of basic economic justice.” In fact, it's Merriam-Webster's definition of socialism