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To foil Medicaid expansion in VA, GOP lawmakers broke into governor’s office

The Virginia Speaker of the House has recently used a series of gimmicks and unusual tricks — including having Capitol Police enter the governor’s unoccupied office, and refusing to recognize line-item vetoes — to push through a budget that blocks expanded health care for the poor. After being sworn into…

‘Bribery’ alleged as VA senate Dem quits, giving GOP a way to stop Medicaid expansion

A Democratic state senator is expected on Monday to announce that he is resigning, allowing Republicans to take control of the Virginia Senate after they promised important jobs to him and his daughter. Sources told The Washington Post that Democratic state Sen. Phillip P. Puckett was expected to become deputy…

Virginia Republicans reject governor’s call for Medicare expansion program

By Gary Robertson RICHMOND, Virginia (Reuters) – Virginia’s Democratic governor, Terry McAuliffe, and the state’s Republican-dominated House of Delegates on Monday failed to reach an agreement over Medicaid expansion during the first day of a special session called in hopes of reaching a budget deal. The impasse over Medicaid, the…

Millions left uninsured in GOP-controlled states that haven’t expanded Medicaid

Although they’re unlikely to win the legislative fight to kill the Affordable Care Act, Republicans have already succeeded in keeping millions of Americans from getting health insurance. A New York Times analysis of census data found that two-thirds of the poor black people and single mothers and more than half…

Corrected: New Jersey’s Christie vetoes Medicaid expansion bill

(Reuters) – New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on Friday vetoed a bill that attempted to make the state’s expansion of Medicaid eligibility permanent under the healthcare law known as Obamacare, his office said on Friday. Christie’s office announced he vetoed eight bills that “would add potentially hundreds of millions of…

Facing pressure from governor, Arizona lawmakers pass Medicaid expansion

By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) – A divided Arizona Senate passed a key piece of President Barack Obama’s Medicaid expansion agenda on Thursday, handing Republican Governor Jan Brewer a policy victory over fierce opposition from conservatives in her party. By an 18-11 vote, the Senate approved the bill with the…

Maine Republican opposes Medicaid expansion because of his manly brain

Maine House Republican Minority Leader Ken Fredette cited his manly mind on Wednesday to explain why he was opposed to accepting federal funds to expand Medicaid coverage in the state. Speaking on the House floor, he said debate over Medicaid expansion reminded him of the book Men Are from Mars,…

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