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House Speaker William Howell (R-Stafford), right, talks with House Appropriations Committee chairman, Del. Chris Jones (R-Suffolk) at the Capitol in Richmond on Wednesday.
Received this e-mail today from Senator Mark Warner (D. VA):
National Governors Association Chairman Gov. Mark Warner, D-Va., addresses the National Education Summit on High Schools general session on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2005 in Washington.  The National Education Summit on High Schools is sponsored by the National Governors Association and is being attended by many of the nation's governors.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Congress has appropriated federal tax dollars to provide health coverage for up to 400,000 uninsured Virginians by expanding Medicaid — so why do tea party forces in the General Assembly want to give that money to residents of other states instead of using it to create jobs and help people here in Virginia?

It doesn't make any sense. Unfortunately, it’s a case of some people putting a rigid ideological agenda over the well-being of their constituents and our Commonwealth. They would rather make a philosophical point about the role of government than give a hand to their fellow Virginians in need.

As a businessman, it makes no sense to me that we would send our tax dollars to other states. This money should go to overburdened hospitals and healthcare facilities across Virginia —  and could produce around 30,000 new jobs in the Commonwealth as well as lower healthcare costs for all Virginians.

Please join me and tell the General Assembly: Don’t give away Virginia’s Medicaid dollars to other states.

Republican governors of states like Ohio, Arizona, North Dakota and Michigan are putting federal Medicaid dollars to work in their states because they recognize that doing so is good for their economy and creates jobs.

Medicaid expansion has bipartisan support in the Virginia General Assembly – but it’s going to take all of us making our voices heard to drum up the public pressure necessary to get this done.

Please add your name and tell the General Assembly to expand Medicaid here in Virginia.

Thanks for your help,

Mark Warner

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Originally posted to pdc on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 09:00 AM PST.

Also republished by Virginia Kos and The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party.

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