House of Delegates Republicans hope their members will take a cue from the Arkansas House Majority Leader. GOP leaders organized a conference call Tuesday with Arkansas Representative Bruce Westerman, whose state might abandon plans to expand the Medicaid program. A major figure in Virginia’s debate over Medicaid expansion is Augusta Republican Delegate Steve Landes (pictured). Craig DiSesa is with Middle Resolution, a Virginia group that promotes limited government. DiSesa has told WINA’s Rob Schilling that several states have had “buyer’s remorse” regarding Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act. He says Oregon, Minnesota, Hawaii and Maryland have become very frustrated with the health care exchanges that are a key feature of Onamacare. The House version of Virginia’s next budget contains NO money to expand the Medicaid rolls, or the exchanges that are part of Obamacare.
The State Senate drafted a rival plan that provides publicly funded private insurance for any Virginian who makes too much money to qualify for Medicaid.