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Governor of Virginia Bob McDonnell speaking at CPAC. 19 February 2010.
Gov. Bob McDonnell
Virginia's Bob McDonnell is one of just a few Republican governors left to have not yet decided whether his state will accept Medicaid expansion funding from the federal government under the Affordable Care Act. And he's feeling the pressure as he weighs the decision, because Democrats in the state legislature are using their leverage.
Virginia Democrats, who control half the seats in the state’s Senate, are threatening to derail Gov. Bob McDonnell’s key legislative priorities unless the new state budget expands Medicaid unconditionally.
Democrats’ leverage is somewhat limited. But among other priorities McDonnell is keen to designate nearly $50 million in sales tax revenue for transportation projects. Democrats hope McDonnell’s desire to lock in those accomplishment before his term comes to an end will convince him to relent and agree to avail the state of federal funding that would expand the Medicaid program to cover people up to 133 percent of the federal poverty line.
As in every other state, the business and health care communities are also pushing for the expansion because it makes sense for the state's economy. More people with guaranteed health coverage means more people getting affordable care, more health care jobs, a healthier population, and much less uncompensated health care for institutions and the state to have to cover. It's 300,000 people getting coverage at significant cost savings for the state.

Put aside the extreme ideology, and it's an easy decision. Particularly for a Republican governor in a state that isn't purple or blue who's thinking about reelection.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 03:03 PM PST.

Also republished by Virginia Kos and Daily Kos.

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  •  Tip Jar (16+ / 0-)

    "There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning." —Warren Buffett

    by Joan McCarter on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 03:03:09 PM PST

  •  McDonnell is such a fine man and govenor I wonder (1+ / 0-)
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    begone

    what new wonders he has in store for women to follow his forced intrusion into their bodies just a short time ago.  

  •  To your headline all I can say is: (4+ / 0-)
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    cocinero, dewley notid, loftT, smiley7

    "good".

    Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

    by a gilas girl on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 06:32:08 PM PST

  •  An item (4+ / 0-)
    Put aside the extreme ideology, and it's an easy decision. Particularly for a Republican governor in a state that isn't purple or blue who's thinking about reelection.
    VA has a one-term limit on governor's -- Bob's lunatic Cuccinelli is going to be the R candidate to replace McDonnell.

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    Nice to see that the Ds are standing firm in the Senate on some key issues.

    Looks like they've stopped the disastrously bad transportation bill, for example.

    However, with Tea-Hadists running the House w/a super majority, the lunatics are really running the asylum in Virginia.

    Simply put, "What's the matter with Virginia?"

    We need help in the 2013 election ...

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    by A Siegel on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 06:33:40 PM PST

    •  slight clarification - (2+ / 0-)
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      Virignia governors may not serve successive terms, but are not term limited - they may serve non-consecutive terms, although only Mills Godwin has ever done so.  that's why there was a lot of speculation that Mark Warner might run again for Governor, had either Barack Obama lost or the Democrats lost control of the Senate  - he could have done so without giving up his Senate seat until after he were elected, and then been able to designate his successor fot the next year.

      "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

      by teacherken on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 06:36:51 PM PST

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      •  true enough. (0+ / 0-)

        however, gov. bob has managed to piss off a good 51% of the population (women), with his desire to control their innards. i don't think he's going to be running for gov. anytime in the near or long-term future. more likely, he's looking at congress.

  •  Sure Bob, good Christian that you are are (3+ / 0-)
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    Mr MadAsHell, loftT, jplanner

    go ahead and turn down literally life saving assistance because of your concern for raising the Federal debt.

    Then be sure to go to the funeral of each and every person you could have helped to save and hug their mothers and fathers and sons and daughters and brothers and sisters and tell them -

    "I'm proud that your loved one died to reduce the Federal debt".

    Go ahead, I dare you. Have the courage of your convictions.

    “Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.” FDR

    by Phoebe Loosinhouse on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 06:47:11 PM PST

  •  Without the affordable care act we don't even have (2+ / 0-)
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    dewley notid, loftT

    this conversation. There's a lot of flaws in the act but it is getting the country to address health care. I am convinced that as more of it comes to law that it will be the catalyst that finally gives us single payer or open medicare for all.

    It's still a long path to what we want but at least we have a path to follow.

    " The whole world is about three drinks behind" Humphrey Bogart.

    by flatford39 on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 06:48:34 PM PST

  •  Republican Governor Tally (0+ / 0-)

    does anyone have a tally on which R governors have either accepted of denied the medicaid expansion?

    In fact, the occasional victory for the GOP cannot hide the fact that this country is fast heading into another era, not of two-party democracy, but a party-and-a-half system. And the GOP is the half a party- Larry Sabato

    by lordpet8 on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 07:34:14 PM PST

  •  is it me or does the Gov look like he stepped (0+ / 0-)

    out of a 1973 JC Penney Catalog? Seriously.

    Earth: Mostly harmless ~ The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (revised entry)

    by yawnimawke on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 07:50:16 PM PST

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