Republican House Speaker William J. Howell threw out the Governor's hopes to expand Medicaid - at least temporarily when he used a procedural move to kill the Governor's veto that would've allowed him to avoid legislative approval. A move that Lynchburg Delegate Scott Garrett fully stands behind.
"The argument is not substantive- that in fact simply insuring Virginians is going to improve their health outcomes," says Garrett.Garrett, a retired Lynchburg surgeon, says insuring more people like Pope isn't the answer to improving the state's broken healthcare system, "There's a lot more that needs to be done to our system than simply insuring them..and that's the battle that the governor has chosen to fight, and frankly he's wrong."Pope feels like it's his kind of people who are getting the short end of the health care thermometer - this go around.
The Governor calls Monday night's political moves "parliamentary gimmicks" leaving 400 thousand Virginians without health care access:
His office released this statement: "I am continually surprised and disappointed by the lengths to which Republicans in the House of Delegates will go to prevent their own constituents from getting access to health care."
The governor is still planning the next step. But this whole thing could end up in court.