Letter: Anne Thomas, Leesburg

Editor:  Up to 400,000 Virginians desperately in need of health-care coverage are locked out because the Virginia General Assembly refuses to accept federal dollars to expand Medicaid.

Tag Greason, the Virginia House Delegate from District 32, has consistently voted against accepting the federal dollars, most recently April 5, 2017.

The Affordable Care Act extended the state-federal Medicaid program, but the Supreme Court ruled that each state could decide whether to accept this federal money. Thirty-two states, including some Republican states, and DC, voted to accept the federal dollars. The Virginia legislature voted to reject this federal funding resulting in the loss of up to $10.4 billion in revenue to the state of Virginia. In the meantime, Virginia taxpayers are paying for Medicaid expansion in Maryland, West Virginia and DC among others.

Our people need health care, our hospitals including our rural ones are in serious need and these federal tax dollars could create 30,000 jobs. We need new leadership in Richmond. Fortunately, we have someone: David Reid is running against Tag for the Virginia 32nd House of Delegates in the November election. Reid supports Medicaid expansion and universal health care.

Anne Thomas, Leesburg

One thought on “Letter: Anne Thomas, Leesburg

  • 2017-09-19 at 4:38 pm

    Do you think revenue is actually generated by the Federal government? It’s called taxes and it is the government taking money from some people to give to others. People need to work in this world if they can; then they can control more of the economic choices in their lives. While this is hard it is rewarding and better than having someone else make these choices for you. Utopias do not exist no matter how fervently wished for . Without question we need a safety net and subsidies for those who can’t afford health coverage but ultimately as Margaret Thatcher said, the problem with socialism is you eventually run out of other people’s money. If instead we separate health care from employment, allow insurance companies to offer coverage across state lines and permit people to pay for health care and health insurance pre-tax we will be on a better path than having government make important economic decisions for us. People believe that politicians care more when they give other people’s money away. The reality is that most politicians simply are buying votes and a career. Last time I checked history it is governments that are responsible for tyranny, genocide and slavery. Citizen, educate yourself.

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