"In a state that was cautious about expanding Medicaid long before President Obama’s 2010 health-care law offered billions of dollars in new enticements, the Republican-controlled House of Delegates and Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe are locked in a dispute over what government is for. The value judgments embedded in Virginia’s current Medicaid system about who deserves coverage and who doesn’t — pregnant women do, childless adults don’t, for example — would be replaced by a standard set in Washington. That is seen as an unwanted intrusion by some and a welcome reform by others, leaving both camps claiming not to understand where the other is coming from. While shifting demographics helped Democrats sweep all statewide races in November and the state twice voted for Obama, Virginia is experiencing a homegrown version of the divided government that has stymied Washington." Washpost
I started reading the Washington Post when I was 18 and a college freshman in the Commonwealth. I have read it ever since. In all that time what I have seen in the pages of the Post is an unrelenting attack against everything in Virginia that the Post dislikes. The only things the Post seems to like in Virginia are minority populations and the Democratic Party of Virginia.
I should say that I am not particularly opposed to Medicaid expansion in Virginia. I have written that several times, but that fact is irrelevant. The struggle between this governor and the House of Delegates is not about my opinion.
The General Assembly has adjourned without passing a budget. The governor says he will recall them for a special session to further consider the budget. McCauliffe tried hard to apply his "sophisticate" "House of Cards" methods in the adjourned session. He found that the "unenlightened," as Senator Patsy Ticer used to call the oh, so polite, and well dressed gentlemen and ladies on the GOP sida of the General Assembly, were unmoved by better liquor in the governor's mansion and persistent arm twisting and threats by McCauliffe and company. In fact, as native Virginians have observed on SST, such tactics probably made victory less likely for McCauliffe and his bully boys.
Now we will have a special session. Why McCauliffe thinks he will have better success is unclear to me. He, as governor, has to run the state government. For that he needs a budget. The two thirds of the House of Delegates who are Republicans come from secure seats in the vast swath across Virginia inhabited by people who would never vote for anyone like McCauliffe. These people will not be deprived of their representation and all the nonsense about demographic change will not change that.
I wrote here that McCauliffe would "break his teeth" over Medicaid expansion. I continue to believe that to be true. IMO the fiscal provisions of the expansion after the first few years are just an excuse for "country party" resistance. This is a political and cultural matter. pl