Virginia Medicaid Expansion Passes for 400,000 People

Virginia legislators have finally agreed to expand Medicaid after a five-year battle that has been split across party lines. Despite advice from the White House and Trump administration advising against expanding the program, the legislature voted to offer coverage to an additional 400,000 low-income individuals through Medicaid expansion.

The Senate, controlled by Republicans, voted on Wednesday in favor of the state budget. The budget allows for Medicaid expansion, and the House of Delegates approved the measure shortly after the Senate ratified it.

Republicans joined with Democrats in both chambers in a bi-partisan effort to pass the budget. Governor Ralph Northam, a Democrat, focused and campaigned heavily on expanding Medicaid during his 2017 campaign. He plans to sign the budget soon.

Governor Northam said that the process takes time and needs to happen in steps if it is to be effective. It won’t be something that happens overnight. The shift in the House has significantly modified the makeup and allowed the expansion to be included in the budget.

The vote and signature of the governor will make Virginia the 33rd state to take advantage of the expansion offered under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, implemented by former President Barack Obama.

The Trump administration vocally opposed the expansion. They are actively fighting to eventually repeal Obamacare and replace it with something drafted by Republicans.

Passage of the budget exemplifies a drastic shift in Virginia’s politics towards the left after the 2017 election. Democrats gained 15 seats in the House of Delegates in the 2017 state elections, and nearly took control of the legislative body.

During the final hours of debate, Republican Senator Ben Chafin openly expressed his support for expanding Medicaid. He’s from an area of Virginia suffering economically due to the decline of coal.

He cited that the expansion will provide funding for hospitals and allow his constituents to receive the care that they desperately need. He shifted his position and stated, “No just wasn’t the answer anymore.”

The key to gaining Republican support for the measure was primarily the Trump administration’s push to implement work requirements for individuals to receive Medicaid, said GOP Speaker Kirk Cox. The ACA allows states to expand Medicaid services to individuals up to 138 percent of the poverty level.

The current amounts are $16,643 for an individual and $28,700 for a family of three. The federal government will pay 90 percent of the extra costs the state incurs to offer the program. Virginia will see approximately $2 billion per year for the expansion.

Current Laws regarding Medicaid & Medicare in Virginia are strict, and a family of three that makes more than $6,900 per year isn’t eligible for government-funded healthcare. Republican Senate Majority Leader Thomas Norment Jr voiced his opposition to the passage, stating that by allowing Medicaid expansion, the state is abandoning fiscal responsibility.

He faced severe criticism from advocacy groups, which he said was verbal abuse. Some behaviors he dealt with during the debate included people lying down in the front of his office with fake headstones and requesting that people blow their horns when passing by.

Courage Can Be Contagious

”You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world’s problems at once but don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.”

Judging the quote above, you will notice how dedicated Michelle Obama to inspire the people around the globe. She is the wife of the 44th and current President of the United States, Barack Obama, and the first African-American First Lady of the United States. But, she has also established her own name as an American lawyer and writer. For me, she is an epitome of class and power.

Most of the people nowadays don’t appreciate the beauty of life because of the different issues that they are facing like work, debts, problems, difficulties in life and many more. Sometimes because of these several issues they tend to break down and fall apart.

And that is why we are here to provide mentorship and personal growth development through a series of Webinars designed to expose you to life’s possibilities. It is our goal that you live a life by design not a life by default. We come to realize that there are a lot of people who lose hope and faith some time in their life and we need to help them cope up to be strong and continue living their life.

Just like what Michelle Obama said in her quote that having a comfortable life does not solve all the problems in the world. It is like saying that money cannot buy happiness because real happiness comes from within and no material things can ever satisfy a man’s dark life. Our purpose is to guide our client to see the positivity of life by giving them mentoring support as long as they need it.

One of my client is a very wealthy woman who is already in her 50’s, she has a very good life and a successful career but she was lonely. She seek for my mentoring support so she has can burst out all her pain, heartaches, worries and sadness in life. One day, a package arrived at my house coming from her. As I opened it, there’s a note saying, “continue to grow as person and help other people.”

Elements Regarding Ideologies

I have posted some of the elements regarding the ideologies on Right and Left. This blog post will be a continuation. I’ll be listing some of the other elements you need to be aware of in terms of understanding Right and Left perspectives.

The right is also known as Libertarian. On the right ideology, taxes secures individual rights to life, to property and liberty as well. While the Left suggests that taxes legally imposes to provide education, arts, parks, research, physical infrastructures in the community.

The Right also suggests that social problems are more likely to be solved with free market action. Thus, privatization leads to superior results to the action of the government. According to Maslow’s Rule: To carpenter, all problem can be solved with a hammer. While Corollary said: to the right, all problems can be solved by the free market. On the other hand, Left proposes that free markets should not be absolute.

This goes the same in privatization. Agencies should have a properly regulate free markets and privatization. Unregulated free markets tend to be monopolized and competition ends. Also, there should be the guidance of the government as anti-trust regulation.

Wealth trickles down in the Right perspective. It all boils from the investments made by the wealthy. According to Sen. Phil Gramm “I never was given any job by a poor man”. However, Left believes that the labor and innovation of educated work-force permeates wealth. Even so, both risk taking and investments are important to have prosperity in the economy.

It is also known that Right is more religious. Right promotes personal virtues such as chastity, fidelity, honesty, compassion. Also discloses personal sin such as drug addiction, alcoholism, licentiousness, abortion, homosexuality and cruelty. While the Left prioritizes social virtues such as justice, fair economic distribution, health care, racial equality, education, environmental protection, international peace and public service.

Language is recognized as a political weapon in Right ideology. On the Right, Language requires to be shaped to be of use by ruling people with high social status. While Left sees Language as a basic social institution. Left sees Language as a keystone that could stop social disorder and economic inefficiency.

Labour Organization & Poverty

The National Labour Organization, also known as the National Labour Committee, was a British political group formed after the 1931 creation of the National Government to co-ordinate the efforts of the supporters of the government who had come from the Labour Party.

Growing in a family where politics is always laid down in the table and being discussed every single day made me want to know more. Living in Salford, England where my father is an active member of Labour party in our town make me as one of the popular kid in town.

My father is known to be a down to earth, plain speaking trades unionist person. He was a member of Labour’s National Executive Committee for 6 years until 2010. Having a father like him is such an honor and idolizing him since my childhood established the respect that I have for him.

My father is like any other man in town who would always have their pet while walking downtown. He is usually seen every morning walking with his 3 dogs, pass by his favorite coffee shop while reading the daily magazine. He would always opt for a place where there is silence and comfort. He is a kind of man that shows respect to his neighbors and always drew a smile on someone else face when being approached.

The year has finally came for my father to pursue on his career in the Labour Union. Year 2012 was the year that he is going to seek for re-election and all of us in the family together with friends tied the knot to support him all the way.

His passion in pursuing his membership in the Labour Union has given him the pride to become a great person that he is now. Seeing him rendering his help through social community influenced me a lot as a person. His ways and methods of wanting to have a strong conviction with regards to the government inspired the youth generation in our town.