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Former Bush Aide Says Governor Cannot Expand Medicaid; House Republicans Paid Him From State Funds

Virginia House of Delegates Republicans have hired a former solicitor general under President George W. Bush for a legal analysis that says the Governor cannot expand Medicaid by executive order, without the approval of the legislature. The House leadership paid $25,000 in state funds for former Solicitor General Paul Clement’s analysis. Republicans believe this analysis would also apply to any public private partnerships the Governor may be pursuing.

Brian Coy, Press Secretary for Governor Terry McAuliffe says “Virginians deserve leaders who are more focused on expanding health coverage than they are on lawyering up just in case they need to sue to keep their constituents from getting lifesaving care.” Coy adds that the analysis is premature and that when the Governor acts on expansion, he will do so within his legal authority.