A statement released by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce indicates they are pushing away from advocating Medicaid expansion in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Governor McAuliffe has been depending on the Chamber to back expansion. As McAuliffe has trucked around Virginia touting expansion, he has allied with the Virginia Chamber. He thumped his chest with confidence saying the Chamber was the voice of business in Virginia, in support for Medicaid expansion.
Well, the wheels are coming off of McAuliffe's road show as the Virginia Chamber released a statement that they will no longer support Medicaid expansion in its current form. The Chamber said expansion did not support their strategic plan called "Virginia Blueprint".
In addition, Virginia Chamber President Barry DuVal said the General Assembly should work constructively to,
"...set aside any issue that may create an impasse and avoid jeopardizing Virginia's reputation as the nation's best managed state and the best state for business."Now, why would the Virginia Chamber back peddle from expansion? Most likely local governments in Virginia have given the Chamber an earful of grief. Municipalities across Virginia are nearing a critical time when they need to know how to finalize their budgets. City and county governments need to know within the next few weeks how much the state will provide for schools, public safety, etc.
Further, a public statement by Virginia Democrat Delegate, Sam Rasoul, gave credence to the Democrats tactics of using the budget as 'leverage' to push Medicaid expansion.
Review the full text of the statement released by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce by following this link: