Virginia’s New ‘AFP’ Director to Fight Medicaid

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The Koch brothers’ Tea Party advocacy group Americans for Prosperity is announcing that its Virginia chapter has a new State Director.  Annie Celotto — who’s been promoted from her previous position as Deputy State Director — plans to help poor people by limiting their access to healthcare.

“I’m looking forward to educating and mobilizing our activists to be the lead opposition to Medicaid expansion,” AFP quotes Celotto as saying, “a policy which will hurt our poorest residents the most.  We will be the moral voice standing up for both the poor and the taxpayer in Richmond.”

Virginia’s recent gubernatorial race — in which Democrat Terry McAuliffe defeated Tea Party screwball Ken Cuccinelli — was essentially a referendum on Medicaid.  McAuliffe wholeheartedly supported it, and Cuccinelli vehemently opposed it.

Mere days before Virginians went to the polls, Cuccinelli was quoted as saying, “you can decide with your vote to support the Obamacare Medicaid expansion with Terry McAuliffe, or you can oppose expanding Obamacare with the Medicaid expansion by voting for me.”

Of course, Virginians didn’t vote for Cuccinelli, they voted for McAuliffe — although he won by a slim margin.

Celotto intends to resist McAuliffe’s dastardly plan to provide certain low-income Virginians with access to healthcare.

“We’ve got a huge challenge on our hands with the incoming governor,” Celotto says, according to AFP.  ”He wants to expand Medicaid and implement ObamaCare, has a much different vision for how to spend your money (hint: he wants more of it), and in general will not be a big ally in the fight for economic freedom.”

In 2014, Obamacare will loosen the eligibility criteria for Medicaid enrollment.  As the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services puts it:

“The Affordable Care Act authorizes states to expand Medicaid to adult Americans under age 65 with income of up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level (approximately $15,000 for a single adult in 2012) and provides unprecedented federal funding for these states.”

In fact, the federal government will pick up the entire tab for the first three years of the Medicaid expansion.  By 2020, it will have scaled-back its cost-coverage to a permanent “matching rate” of 90%.

 

 

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