“I do think Congress should replace it, but, in that process, Virginia should not be punished for not being an expansion state and for being fiscally responsible with our Medicaid dollars,” Gillespie told reporters following Tuesday night’s debate against the Democratic candidate, Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam.
Virginia’s Republican-dominated General Assembly refused to increase “Obamacare” enrollment by expanding the state’s Medicaid rolls by 400,000. There’s concern any block grants could be based on the number of residents signed up for the current health care law.
“What I worry about is if they do a block grant, which they say, ‘Here, Virginia, this is what you’ve been using for Medicaid expenses, this is what we’re going to give you’ — we’re going to be very vulnerable,” Northam said.
Bipartisan skepticism about the most recent repeal and replace effort in Congress is not limited to the campaign trail. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said the plan would not be right for his state. And Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe called it a tax cut for the rich.
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