Governor Terry McAuliffe says the Tea Party has blocked 400,000 Virginians from access to life-saving health care by limiting his authority to expand Medicaid. The Republican majority in the state legislature amended the budget Thursday to prohibit the Governor from taking executive action to expand the state’s Medicaid program in compliance with Obama-care.
The Governor received the budget yesterday and has seven days to decide to sign or veto the budget. He’s also waiting to find out whether he can amend the bill. In the absence of a spending plan state services would largely shut down on July 1st.