Media release from Virginians for Quality Healthcare on January 18, 2016
Grassroots organization urges legislators to reform Medicaid
instead of expanding it
RICHMOND, Va. – Virginians for Quality Healthcare (VQH) once again calls on Delegates and Senators to stop Obamacare Medicaid Expansion and reform the failed program instead.
Lou Di Leonardo, VQH Lobby Day organizer, said:
There are many reasons that Obamacare Medicaid Expansion is bad for Virginia. That is why it was rejected during last year’s legislative session, but Governor McAuliffe insists on trying to foist this bad program on the Commonwealth yet again, so VQH is pushing back on this bad idea once again.
Medicaid is a budget buster
The federal government has an unpayable $19 trillion debt. It cannot afford to pay 90 percent of any state’s Medicaid costs, and will not honor its pledge to do so. Remember, “If you like your plan, you can keep it?” Don’t get fooled again.
End Medicaid fraud
A November JLARC (Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission) Medicaid study found outright waste of $21 to $38 million and probably more. That money could be used to fix roads. More audits are needed.
Save Medicaid for the truly needy
Expanding Medicaid does not mean covering more ailments or increasing reimbursements to doctors, etc. It means giving it to more people. Medicaid was created for citizens without the financial means to pay for private insurance, i.e., “the poor.” “Expanding” it to include Virginians who earn up to 138 percent of the poverty level turns Medicaid into middle class welfare.
It consumes about one-quarter of Virginia’s General Fund budget while providing poor care to enrollees. Both patients and doctors hate it. A free market system restoring choice to enrollees is needed. Health Savings Accounts are one alternative. _______________________________________________________________
Virginians for Quality Healthcare (VQH) is dedicated to returning vital healthcare decisions to citizens through free market solutions rather than government mandates and bureaucratic intrusion. The grassroots network is a member organization of the Repeal Coalition on Capitol Hill. VQH believes in protecting the doctor-patient relationship, the freedom of providers to pursue the best treatment plans for individual patients, and the freedom of people to make their own healthcare choices.