Skip to comments.McAuliffe explores whether he can expand Medicaid coverage without legislature’s okay (Virginia)
Posted on 05/02/2014 11:54:37 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
RICHMOND Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is considering expanding health coverage for the poor without the approval of the state legislature, a move that would muscle his top priority past Republican opponents but also throw his young administration into a partisan firestorm and uncertain legal territory.
McAuliffe and his top advisers have consulted lawyers, health-care experts and legislators on how to bypass the GOP-dominated House of Delegates, according to three people familiar with the discussions. A fourth, who like the others spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to reveal private strategy, said the office of Attorney General Mark R. Herring (D) has been researching the matter.
The move would allow Virginia to take advantage of a key state option under the Affordable Care Act, and it could help break a budget stalemate and avert a looming government shutdown. But it would be a daring action; only two other governors have done anything similar to bulldoze Medicaid expansion past opponents.
If McAuliffe follows through, he would raise far-reaching constitutional questions about the chief executives power and the rule of law issues cropping up with increasing frequency in the states and in Washington, as governors and President Obama seek to push past adversarial legislatures and Congress....
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The regional governors now have direct control over their territories.If the VA legislature rolls over for Terry McTarkin, they will pay for it dearly.
All Democrats are tyrants at heart.
This is Con Law 101 - if the federal courts don't strike down McAuliffe's unilateral order [assuming he uses it], the Republic is doomed.
The VA State Constitution requires that the legislature approve all appropriations - Terry can't do it on his own ...
What the hell 2DV? They want the poor’s paid for property too? Is this the ticket?
There will soon be no private property.
I believe Terry McAuliffe could just say Medicaid is totally open, and pretend there’s no cost relative to the governor’s executive order. Doctors would bill the state mechanism, and within three years as the state program finally uses up the last of federal funding.....bleed the normally budgeted Medicaid program to nothing. The state legislature would then meet and fail to provide additional funds (I would assume), and the entire program would border on default. McAuliffe would accuse them of playing politics and allowing the whole program to fall apart.
What I would anticipate is that McAuliffe intends to be a one-term governor and move on in 2016 (VP or cabinet post, as he thinks Hillary will win or some other Democrat). It won’t be McAuliffe’s issue to solve when the Medicaid program fails in the state. A lousy method of executive action but then he’s never been responsible for something.
He can only serve the one term, as VA Governors can’t run for a second consecutive term (but a non-consecutive one, he’d have to wait until 2021).
Yeah, Cooch wasn’t a good choice for VA... /s
Can the legislature impeach him?
Sure, he can. Why would you wanna be governor if you couldn’t do whatever you wanted? Sheesh! /s
How many millions has he made and yet to sell even one golf cart?
Just like in 2012. this is what happens when people stay home on election day.
So the next conservative governor of VA could decree the end of ObamaCare in the state. Conservatives need to get with this new style of governing by executive order. The courts don’t stop it for Democrats, and that sets precedence.
You Sir are most likely correct. You and I are outrunning the bastards but I fear for my daughter...
If McAuliffe is seeking affirmation he should talk to KY’s governor, Beshear. Beshear established 0bamacare exchanges without input or approval from the legislature. 0bama has set the example for his fellow democrats on getting things done by executive fiat.
Funny how the media doesn't even bother to report anymore that McAuliffe promised NOT to do this before the election.
The DIM fascists feel they are unstoppable. The game isn’t over.
If McAullife wants to play lawless despot, then he should be treated as a criminal and arrested by the authorities if they dare and by the citizenry if they don’t.
Taking a page out of Il Douche’s play book. It’s the way the dims roll.
If the VA legislature rolls over for Terry McTarkin, they will pay for it dearly
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I certainly hope so but considering this last election, I don’t think so.
‘WE’ lost all 3 top spots for whatever reasons, including staying home, faux Libertarian ‘OUTED’ by the Libertarians, voter apathy and whatever, then turned around and ‘allowed’ the D’s to win 2 special elections BOTH with recounts and the AG had a recount.
These ‘things’ aren’t going to get better, they will get worse as we apparently don’t want to do anything to ‘fix’ the problems.
Kaine - a HUGE Obama supporter (surprised he didn’t get a ‘position’) has already endorsed Hillary.
McAwful has proclaimed there will be NO SHUTDOWN as he won’t ‘allow’ it....interesting....
Why hasn’t the VA HOUSE been ‘screaming’ loudly about the ‘skirting’ the law the AG did and now the ‘threat’ coming out of the Gov’s Office?
Like the US Congress, why waste time having the majority when they just ‘cave in’ to the minority with regularity, occasionally coming out with a ‘whimper’ but doing absolutely nothing of substance to slow the illegal juggernaut down?