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McAuliffe Vetoes Attempt to Thwart Medicaid Expansion

V.A. Governor Terry McAuliffe announced Friday several line-item vetoes in the state's budget, striking a measure that prevented him from expanding Medicaid to 400,000 low-income Virginians.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe; Patch file photo by James Cullum
Gov. Terry McAuliffe; Patch file photo by James Cullum
Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) used his line-item veto today to remove portions of the budget written to thwart his attempt to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

McAuliffe said Friday he would sign the budget after several vetoes, including an amendment intended to keep the Democratic governor from expanding medicaid without legislative approval. Rather than going through the General Assembly, McAuliffe said he and his staff are working with the federal government, insurance companies and hospitals on his own to expand health care for 400,000 low-income residents, WJLA reports.

McAuliffe announced Secretary of Health and Human Services William A. Hazel Jr. will present a work-around plan by Sept. 1. The governor said he would veto the entire budget if the end of the fiscal year were not a mere 10 days away, the Washington Post reports.

Lawmakers will return to Richmond to consider McAuliffe's line-item veto Monday, where Republicans in the House could potentially override his decision. Republicans in the Senate likely won't, since they only outnumber Democrats 20-19.



Keith Bolcar June 24, 2014 at 06:01 AM
With any luck they will get rid of that piece of garbage. Please cite credible sources for your propaganda, not this left- wing rag. Thanks for your insightful reasoning. Now back to your mom's basement. The rest of of us have jobs to get to!
Another Patriotic Liberal June 24, 2014 at 07:10 AM
Typical right-wing crapola reply, KB. I've been working for 48 years. I own my house and pay taxes. My kids are married, have jobs, and pay taxes. The magazine examined the right-wing myths and debunked them. Stop listening to Limbaugh and watching Faux News. Studies have repeatedly demonstrated that fans of right wing-nut media are constantly misinformed. Thanks for the latest round of childish insults, Ace.
Keith Bolcar June 24, 2014 at 08:13 AM
No problem, always a pleasure. I don't watch or listen to either of those news outlets, it's called "thinking for yourself". BTW, which studies? Or are you making that up also? Don't answer, it is obvious. Back to MSNBC for you for some more talking points! Have a great day!
Another Patriotic Liberal June 24, 2014 at 10:42 AM
Well, KB, here are three. There have been many more, going back to 2003. These links are to Forbes, The Blaze, and Think Progress. I had to include that last one to be, you know, fair and balanced. ----- The data shows Fox viewers are even more out of touch than people who don't watch the news at all. If you think Rush, Levin, Savage and Beck are any better, good luck to you. ------ http://www.forbes.com/sites/kenrapoza/2011/11/21/fox-news-viewers-uninformed-npr-listeners-not-poll-suggests/ ------ http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2012/05/23/university-study-determines-fox-news-has-least-informed-national-audience-based-on-these-questions/ ----- http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2011/11/22/374434/fox-news-viewers-misinformed-study-jon-stewart/
Keith Bolcar June 24, 2014 at 11:14 AM
Sorry, don't watch or listen to any of them. Think Progress and the Blaze? Really? Let's just say all of the networks slant the news their way, left and right, shall we? Sift through the bs and then make up your own mind. Sound like a plan?

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