Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Big Blow to Obamacare by Obamacare

Today, a ruling came down from the DC Circuit Court of Appeals that condemns Obamacare subsidies to states that do not have their own health exchanges, which constitutes the vast majority. These subsidies were originally Obamacare's "big stick" that would be used to "motivate" states to set up their own exchanges  rather than falling back on Healthcare.gov.

And why wouldn't they, when Arkansas and Indiana are having such an easy time of it, right?

Please; both the "private option", and state exchanges are turning into fiscal and political anchors for those who are implementing them. And where do the huddled masses turn? Healthcare.gov. Because, unlike the states, when Obama saw the boondoggle that was the federal website, he decided to keep digging until he saw daylight.

President Obama, when he first sold these state exchanges to loyalist Dem governors, knew that he was placing an anvil of debt on the reluctant backs of these states. Now, when they shake them off, dependence on the Federal exchange is nearly ubiquitous; leading us farther and farther down the road to ruin. That is how these cases got to court. But the provisions of the law are clear; the subsidies are meant to go to state exchanges.

I guess it's just no one's fault that barely any states can afford to keep them open?

VA GOP Caucus


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Sickles: Way Off

"I quintupled the number?! Oh Dear..."
In his never-ending quest for a narrative to sell Medicaid Expansion to Virginia, Mark Sickles got some serious wires crossed. When the beleagured Delegate claimed that a full 30% of the state's Medicaid
costs go to seniors in nursing care, Politifact flatly rated his statement false. Reminder: this guy sits on the Health, Welfare, and Institutions Committee...

Let's keep our numbers within the realm of the believable, shall we? The fact is that hardly over 2% of Medicaid recipients are in nursing care, and they use less than 10% of the funds. 

Not only does that number fail to strengthen Sickles' argument, it strengthens the argument that we should be wary of expansion. When the 2% of patients in nursing homes becomes 4%, or 6%, what will happen to their 10% share of the budget pie?

VA GOP Caucus


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Is John Foust the Only Democrat in his Family?

It would appear that the Foust household can (at least halfway) agree with Virginia Republicans on one issue. Dr. Marilyn Jerome, Supervisor Foust's wife, was recently outed over her Ob. Gyn. clinic's choice not to take patients with Medicaid, Obamacare's chief vehicle at the state level.

Now, I really have no problem with that. There are numerous, very sensible reasons that a business would not want to rely on the government for payment. There is mountainous red tape to deal with, and after that it is still sometimes doubtful whether you will get paid on time (if at all, in some cases).

The problem with that, though, is this....

That is ripped DIRECTLY from one of Supervisor Foust's press releases. 

What gives? Obamacare is only super great as long as we don't have to treat these people? It just goes to show how in touch John Foust is with the healthcare debate. He can't even win it at home. 

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Governor McAuliffe Delivers Sick Joke in Danville

Governor McAuliffe showed nothing if not boldness yesterday when he stood up and promised that workforce development would be his number 1 priority for the Pittsylvania/Danville area at a rally in Danville. What is so audacious about that?

Backtrack to 2009. Terry McAuliffe (then-Chairman of GreenTech Automotive after being clobbered in the gubernatorial primary) was scheduled to tour sites for an automotive plant that the Virginia government (under Gov. Kaine) had helped find and connect him with in Martinsville and Danville. The administration and McAuliffe's company had been discussing the plant for some time and hopes were high that then-just-Mr. McAuliffe would be able to bring his 1,500 jobs there, the most economically hard-hit areas of the Commonwealth.

There was only one rub; the EB-5 visa program, a money funnel near and dear to Terry's heart [read: wallet]. The program allows foreign nationals to buy their visas in return for investments in American businesses (three guesses as to which business). When officials expressed concerns, Terry legitimately stood us up. GreenTech cancelled the day before and announced their new plant in Mississippi to investors.

If workforce development is your priority, if "we are all in this together", if you are a savvy businessman who cares about Virginia, then why does every single solitary shred of evidence build further the case against that? You have the cheek to come to a place that you snubbed, to tell people that you betrayed, that you want to bring them jobs? The Governor was given a golden opportunity to bring jobs here, and he sold us out for a tax break.

VA GOP Caucus