Day 19 of Gov. McAuliffe’s budget impasse


Today is day 19 of Governor Terry McAuliffe’s budget impasse.

Two days after Governor McAuliffe’s Senate Democrats left the Capitol without passing a budget, new polling data out shows that making a stand on Obamacare might not be the best idea.

The results of a Quinnipiac University poll released yesterday show that Governor McAuliffe’s top priority, Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion, is the most important issue to only 4% of voters surveyed.

Results out today show that Virginia voters are opposed to Obamacare (of which Medicaid expansion is a critical part) by a 52 to 44 percent margin. Among independent voters, Obamacare does much worse. Independents overwhelmingly oppose the President’s signature policy achievement 59 to 38 percent.

Despite this evidence, Governor McAuliffe and Senate Democrats have gone whole hog for Obamacare, holding the state budget hostage and refusing to fund our teachers, roads, firefighters, police officers and local governments unless Obamacare expansion is brought to Virginia.

The voters of Virginia recognize Obamacare is fundamentally flawed. Entangling Virginia in Washington’s health care mess would be a mistake. Holding the budget hostage in order to do so is wrong.

Governor McAuliffe and Senate Democrats should drop their demands for Obamacare, let the General Assembly pass a clean budget, and get back to work on the issues that Virginians care about.