What can we do about health care in Virginia? We have suffered through the General Assembly budget drama and now are poised to have a special session in September focused on Medicaid expansion. The Medicaid Innovation and Reform Commission was established to review and recommend proposals. What have they accomplished?
What are we to make of the recent conflicting opinions from federal courts on the tax credits/health insurance subsidies? There are 34 states that have elected not to set up an exchange. How are we affected? What changes are needed?
We have an election approaching here in the 10th U.S. Congressional District. I have heard opinions and seen articles highlighting the notion that Democrats are distancing themselves from President Barack Obama and Obamacare. With insurance premiums continuing to increase, patients being forced to find new doctors, losing their plans and overall discontent with the law, it's no wonder Democrats are running away as fast as they can.
However, that does not seem to be the case in our congressional district. Democrat challenger John Foust is doubling down on Obamacare and willing to expand this program in Virginia. Foust has said Obamacare is "a good thing" and has made it a central part of his campaign, even attacking Republican candidate Del. Barbara Comstock for not wanting to further expand Obamacare and Medicaid.
Ironically and hypocritically, Foust is pushing Obamacare Medicaid expansion, while his wife, who is a doctor practicing in Washington, D.C., with Attorney General Eric Holder's wife, doesn't take Medicaid patients -- this according to a story in the Washington Free Beacon.
One of the reasons that Comstock has opposed Obamacare and Medicaid expansion is the need for review and major reforms. There are many doctors who do not take Medicaid patients. It turns out that Foust's wife actually proves Comstock's point.
So, the bottom line is that Foust wants taxpayers and everyone else to pay for Medicaid expansion and force it on us, but don't ask his wife and her well-heeled elite practice to participate. Typical limousine liberal leftist - do as I say, not as I do.
Jay L. Marts, Frederick County