Virginia’s Democratic governor-elect won by 9 points in an election where he campaigned heavily on expanding Medicaid. The election saw enormous efforts expended by the Democratic grassroots. Now that Northam has won, he’s having some second thoughts.
Outgoing Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) tried every year to push the legislature to accept millions in federal money to expand the health program to hundreds of thousands of low-income Virginians. Northam campaigned heavily on the promise of getting more Virginians access to health care.
He said Friday that he remains committed to that pledge, but that he must be careful about obligating the state to escalating costs. Under the program, the federal government pays the lion’s share in the early years but the state contribution gradually increases. “Medicaid is growing in Virginia by 5 to 7 percent, in that ballpark, every year,” he said. — www.washingtonpost.com/…
In his interview Northam also suggests he wants to have Medicaid recipients work as a condition of receiving benefits. Then “eyes lit up” and he spent several minutes telling WaPo about his classic car collection and hosting classic car shows.
“We’ve also had discussions with the Richmond Raceway to bring one of my cars out there and do like an exhibit,” he said. The point would be to show that he was able to do the restoration because he learned the skills in school, “and to really interest or excite children that there’s a future in those things,” he said. — www.washingtonpost.com/…
Let me say this publicly to Ralph Northam from the bottom of my heart.
You can take your classic cars and stick them where the sun doesn’t shine.
You were elected, by Democrats to make their lives better.
Get your head out of your ass.
Stop mentally polishing the bipartisanship trophy you believe you’re going to win, and start working for the people who put you in office.
Perhaps Democrats should chosen someone who “eyes light up” when they talk about making the lives of the poor and oppressed better, rather than when they talk about polishing an 1971 Corvette.
Maybe a few Democratic activists should walk over to Northam’s office and remind him that while he’s mapping out how exactly he’ll be“reaching across the aisle” and be “fiscally responsible”, the Republican party is about to deliver a $1.5 Trillion unfunded tax cut to their owners. Then, next year, they plan to use the same “fiscal responsibility” excuse to gut social security, Medicare, Medicaid and as much of the New Deal as they can.
They’re doing all this though the President lost by 3 million votes. Northam is, rightfully, already seeing some backlash:
Republicans barely win based on various flukes and act like they won a mandate and don’t solicit Democratic ideas. Democrats win by a landslide, and…. https://t.co/sEQXYv8pBx
— Ben Yelin (@byelin) December 17, 2017
Self-own, in 3 steps:
1. Campaign on expanding Medicaid
2. Win sweeping victory
3. Voluntarily retreat from campaign promisehttps://t.co/WfyV2iJuSt
— Brian Fallon (@brianefallon) December 17, 2017
Brian Fallon, is by the way, the former spokesperson for Hillary Clinton and Chuck Schumer.
Blocking Medicaid expansion was a major reason so many Republicans lost their House seats in VA this year. Full expansion should be bi-partisan, and every legislator in Richmond should have to cast a public vote before 2019 on a policy that is morally right & good for VA economy.
— Tom Perriello (@tomperriello) December 17, 2017
It’s tough to believe, but we have even more politically insane statements being made by the Democratic senator from West Virginia.
“I’m not going to make that determination because he went through an election process,” Manchin told CNN’s “New Day” when asked if the president should be investigated. — thehill.com/…
Manchin is absolutely wrong, and a few of his Democratic colleagues should pull him aside and show him the light. Trump needs to be investigated, by Congress, for the sexual harassment allegations, and for the stream of statements emanating from official White House spokespersons that have sough to brand his victims as liars.
This needs to be done because there is an active disinformation campaign against victims of sexual assault and harassment who have come forward to accuse Republicans. Here’s Laura Ingraham leading the charge, assisted by a random Twitter bot, implying the victims who stepped forward were paid.
BTW… what happened to the women that accused Moore? Job done, got paid and to enjoy life seems like…..
— MRHF (@Jovisoul) December 18, 2017
Talk to a rank and file Republican, or look at the exit polls from Alabama, and what you’ll see is a steady stream of false claims that victims are “being paid” and “lying”. The unconditional surrender Manchin is advocating will simply fuel these false claims.
Elected Democrats are continually misunderstanding the conflict they’re in. The modern Republican party will never cooperate w you. They are plotting to destroy you and hurt the people who elected you. Focus on protecting people, not trying to earn bipartisanship merit badges.
— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) December 17, 2017