Over 600 faith leaders from across the state are sending a message to legislators to back Medicaid expansion. Some have even been standing outside Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment’s office in Williamsburg – asking him to spring into support for the issue.
Members of the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy like Charles Swadley and John Whitley have been protesting outside Norment’s office going on five weeks now. Today was no exception.
Whitley held up a sign – “Honk for Medicaid expansion.”
“We know that the snow makes the ground ripe and soft and ready for the flowers to bloom. And we’re hoping that as Senator Norment sits in his office and looks out the window he’ll have a feeling of the wonderment of spring," Whitley said.
They’re hoping Norment will have a change of heart – and in Whitley’s words – allow lives to blossom from quality healthcare. They’re also circulating a petition to send to Norment next month, and are hosting a town hall discussion tonight, despite the snow.
The town hall will take place from 7 – 9 p.m. in Williamsburg City Council Chambers in the Stryker Center. It will feature Republican Delegate Glenn Davis and Democratic Delegate Mike Mullin – who’ve both supported Medicaid expansion with a work requirement.