House of Delegates GOP leaders have announced that they will not vote to expand Medicaid—if at all—until after a comprehensive, outside audit of the state’s program is conducted.
They say they want to find out why Medicaid has become the most expensive item in the General Fund budget … and why 30 percent of the Commonwealth’s healthcare spending goes to waste, fraud, and inefficiencies. They believe it’s a once-in-a-generation opportunity to find out what’s wrong with Medicaid and fix what’s broken.
Numerous state Republicans are turning to Governor Terry McAuliffe for help in defending Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban.
The request follows last week’s decision by Attorney General Mark Herring, not to defend the constitutional amendment, that makes same sex marriages illegal in the state.
32 delegates, including one Democrat, drafted and signed the letter delivered to McAuliffe’s office last Friday, although according to the Washington Post, the governor was not in his office and has yet to read the letter.
Since Attorney General Mark Herring announced his decision to side with plaintiffs in the lawsuits challenging the state’s ban on gay marriage—reaction is coming in from constituents, and partisan and advocacy groups.
Reporter Sandy Hausman took to the streets of Crozet and Charlottesville, and here’s a montage of the reaction she heard from folks .
Back in 2006, 57 percent of Virginians approved the same-sex marriage ban. This summer, a Quinnipiac University poll found the numbers had dropped—down to 43-percent of Virginians opposing gay marriage.