STRASBURG – Town Council has voted to deny a request to urge the Virginia legislature to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.The request came from a letter written by the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy. It asked Virginia Municipal League members to sign a resolution asking the state’s general assembly to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.
After a hearty discussion at Wednesday’s meeting, council voted 5-3 to deny the request. Councilmembers Kim Bishop, John “Red” Hall Jr., Don Le Vine, Shirley Maddox and Jocelyn Vena voted against the resolution, while Councilmembers Barbara Plitt, Scott Terndrup and Seth Newman voted in favor.
Several of the dissenting councilmembers said the town should not sign the resolution because the expansion would breed a cohort of people dependent on government aid to receive the financial care, and the burden would fall on taxpayers.
Bishop said she’s worried …
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Council denies resolution to urge Medicaid expansion