Comments in regards to the Senate Finance Committee Meeting on 040114
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The Senate Finance Committee held a meeting yesterday (040114). They said it was to hear public input. But of course that was not the case because it was April Fools Day. I suppose that the Committee assumes Virginia Citizens are fools given their agenda.
The meeting began at 1400 hours (2 P. M.). The first 45 minutes were spent on the details of the Governor's Budget. At approximately 1445 hours the Committee began to hear from speakers. BUT THEY WERE NOT THE PUBLIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They were "invited" speakers. Darn, isn't it a surprise - the "invited" speakers, all but three, were all in favor of Medicaid expansion. I and others from the Shenandoah Valley had to leave at 1600 hours because the several buses provided by the Americans for Prosperity were scheduled to leave at that time. (We ordinary little ole folks had been told the Committee meeting would be from 1400 to 1600 hours.) As we left the list of "invited" speakers were still going strong. So possibly no one from the public ever had an opportunity to speak.
So Senators - you made one fine and truthful impression on us. The meeting was an April Fools Special, just as is your entire agenda is to push Medicaid Expansion. Hopefully it will also be a day of April Fool when you are up for re-election.
I was struck by one aspect of many of the statements made by many of the "invited" speakers. They said negative things about the Unaffordable Care Act, even as they expounded on their expectations of blessings from Medicaid Expansion. Apparently they do not understand that Medicaid Expansion is just one part of the Unaffordable Care Act. So why would they not realize they are promoting the very Act itself? That makes me think that the Committee and its "invited" speakers are one and the same in that they are progressively confused and misguided.
The Senate originally agreed to let the MIRC to first do its job. The Commonwealth's Secretary of Health and Human Resources, the one before Governor McAuliffe came to be, reported that at least 30 % of the Medicaid money spent in Virginia was due to waste (actual waste, fraud, unnecessary government regulation paperwork, etc.) Think about that. There are approximately 1 million Virginians presently on Medicaid. If that waste were eliminated then an additional 300,000 individuals could be added to Medicaid with no increase in Medicaid spending. So if the MIRC business could be attended to, as the Senate originally agreed to do, then most, if not all, of that Medicaid Expansion could be accomplished without spending additional money. Instead of letting MIRC work the Senate is set on their Fraudulent path. Indeed - it would be April Fools Day every day if the Senate were to have its way.