".. resistance is great among House Republicans. They prefer instead to reimburse hospitals for money that is removed in former Gov. Bob McDonnell’s introduced budget and to increase funding of free clinics and community health centers. House Majority Leader M. Kirkland Cox, R-Colonial Heights, says in the weekly Virginia GOP address released today that the House budget includes a $240 million deposit into the state’s rainy day fund and investments in K-12 education, higher education, transportation and the health care safety net. “Unfortunately, all of this good work is in jeopardy,” he says. “Gov. Terry McAuliffe and General Assembly Democrats have brought Washington-style politics to Richmond and injected Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion into the budget debate.” He adds: “They are trying to sell their plan under a different name, but it’s really just Medicaid expansion.”" Richmond Times Dispatch
I said here a while back that McAuliffe would "break his teeth" on Medicaid expansion. The process is underway. McAuliffe's message may sell well at a hospital in Leesburg in an area full of "new people," but it will not sell well in the many House of Delegates districts which have sent his opponents to the General Assembly.
Virginians have little animosity for immigrants to the commonwealth who make an effort to adapt to lacal culture. Examples of that would be Mark Warner, Charles Robb and even "Macaca" Allen. He was both governor and a US senator. Webb's defeat of Allen was razor thin.
McAuliffe "reads" as an arrogant "interloper." Carpetbagger would not be too strong a term. Ed Gillespie intends to run against Warner. Gillespie is a Republican version of McAuliffe. pl