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Wason Poll Says Most Virginians Now Oppose Medicaid Expansion, Demand Compromise, Not Shutdown

A New Wason Poll just released this morning (April 24) says most Virginia voters oppose using federal Medicaid funds to expand health coverage, but strongly want the General Assembly to compromise. Virginians say 53% to 41% that they oppose Medicaid expansion, a sharp reversal from the Wason Center survey when the 2014 legislative session began, which showed general support for Medicaid expansion, 56% to 38%. In that Feb. 3 survey, however, support for expansion fell to 41% with 54% opposed, when respondents were asked if they would still support expansion if the federal government did not pay its share. That risk has been a key contention in the Republican argument against expansion.  Quentin Kidd, Director of the Wason Center for Public Policy says Democrats are losing the debate on expanding Medicaid in Virginia because he says, they are not convincing independents that it is a good idea. The House of Delegates and the state Senate are at a standoff over the state budget that would ordinarily take effect July 1. And according to the poll, 71% of Virginians said both sides should compromise to avoid a government shutdown. Charles Fishburne, WCVE News.