Democratic Party of Virginia Chairman Brian Moran released the following statement on July 12, 2012, urging Governor Bob McDonnell to put politics aside and opt Virginia in to the Medicaid expansion program set forth by the Affordable Care Act:
“Right now thousands of Virginians are waiting to find out if their Governor will take advantage of available federal funding to ensure that they get access to health insurance they would otherwise lack, or if he will allow partisan politics to override their best interests.
“It is past time for Governor McDonnell and Republicans all over the country to accept that the Affordable Care Act is the law of our land, that it is already making it possible for millions of families to acquire health insurance and that repealing it or stonewalling its implementation will rob millions of their access to health insurance that should be a right in our nation, not a privilege for the few.
“Should he decide to stand in the way of this critical expansion, the Governor will send Virginians a clear message about his level of respect for the tax dollars they send to Washington. By refusing to claim Virginia’s fair share of federal assistance, the Governor could jeopardize many families’ access to affordable care.
“This is a historic moment for the Governor and our Commonwealth. We can either prove once again that we are above the reckless partisan obstructionism that is damaging other states on issues like these, or we can continue to allow radical elements of the Republican party define our public policy in ways that denigrate our reputation and leave Virginians waiting for leadership that puts their best interests first.
“On behalf of the Democratic Party of Virginia, I urge Governor McDonnell to take advantage of this opportunity to bring Virginia taxpayer dollars back to the Commonwealth and to ensure that thousands of families get access to affordable health care that is so essential to opportunity and economic success in our society. We simply cannot afford to let party politics override the common good on this critical issue.” ###