Making Healthcare Affordable through Competition and Choice

 

Whether by a change in the law from Washington or from a collapse brought on by what has become a fiscally unsustainable scheme, Obamacare is coming to an end. It will soon fall upon the states to deal with that reality.

As Delegate, I will support policies that increase competition and bring greater patient choice – both in options for care and options for coverage. Ultimately, the failure of Obamacare is the result of forcing a one-size-fits-all government solution upon a part of our lives where one-size definitely does not fit all. Individualization, competition, and real choice is the only way to address this challenge.

I will also oppose any attempt to impose Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion scheme on Virginia. At 23% of the General Fund budget and continuing to grow, Medicaid is already placing pressure on core government services, like schools and public safety. And with Washington poised to put caps on the funding it allocates to states for this service, Virginia must be fiscally prudent.

Alternative Medicaid Options

Federally Qualified Health Centers are important safety net providers in rural areas. FQHCs are outpatient clinics that qualify for specific reimbursement systems under Medicare and Medicaid. They include federally designated Health Center Program awardees, and...

Senate Majority Leader’s Statement

Senate Majority Leader Thomas K. Norment, Jr. (R-James City), Co-Chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance, today issued the following statement regarding today’s actions by the House Appropriations Committee to advance House Bills 5001 and 5002: “Today’s vote by...

How Expansion Affects States Bond Ratings

Senate’s proposed budget places more money into Virginia’s cash reserves than the House’s plan     In the March 29, 2018, edition of The Richmond Times Dispatch, Virginia Secretary of Finance Aubrey Layne expressed his view that Virginia cannot maintain its AAA bond...

Expansion is Fueling the Opioid Epidemic

Public appreciation for the program [Medicaid] has steadily increased as people come to understand its importance in the health care system, including its central role in combating the opioid epidemic   Chairman Johnson Releases Report on How Medicaid Has Helped to...

Speaker Howell Op-Ed on Medicaid Expansion

Virginia is known for its judicious, responsible approach to governing. We must continue to apply that approach when looking at all issues, including health care. Medicaid expansion is at best a risky bet. An alternative approach would be the better path.   As the...

Lower Pay for Teachers and Crowding

Following the nationwide trend, Medicaid has taken a growing toll on Oklahoma’s budget.   The lead editorial in today's Wall Street Journal highlights the negative fiscal pressures being exerted on education spending by the growth in Medicaid spending....

Financially Risky for the Commonwealth

MEMBERS of the Virginia General Assembly return to Richmond today for a special session in an attempt to do what they failed to do during their regular 60-day session: pass a biennial state budget. Then and now, the main sticking point is Medicaid...

Constitutional Liberties

Defending Your Constitutional Liberties Our founders had the inspired idea to declare our rights to originate with God and not government. And, they had the foresight to enshrine certain inalienable rights within our founding documents. These are God-given rights,...

Second Amendment Rights

I am an NRA lifetime member and the proud recipient of an “A” rating from the NRA. Our constitutional right to bear arms is a fundamental right. The Founders included the Second Amendment in the Bill of Rights because they believed it would ensure and protect all our...

Promoting Fiscal Responsibility

As Supervisor, I have consistently fought for sound – and frugal – government fiscal policy. I have advocated for needs-based budgets and for policies that strengthen our fiscal stability. The results speak for themselves. Stafford now enjoys AAA bond ratings from...

Transportation

Transportation & Congestion I worked tirelessly advocating for improvements that have resulted in $1.3 billion in transportation upgrades for our region. These dollars have funded extending the HOT lanes on I-95 three times, upgrading Route 610 and Route 17, the...

Taxes

I believe government and the economy work best when citizens get to keep more of their hard-earned money. As Supervisor, I have a proven record of fighting against higher taxes and leading the fight to reduce – and in some cases actually eliminate – taxes. I led the...

Healthcare

  Whether by a change in the law from Washington or from a collapse brought on by what has become a fiscally unsustainable scheme, Obamacare is coming to an end. It will soon fall upon the states to deal with that reality. As Delegate, I will support...

Preservation

Preserving the Natural Beauty of our Region Our community is blessed with a rich history and natural beauty. As Supervisor, I made it my goal to preserve the natural beauty of our region for generations to come. When I first ran for the Board, I pledged to preserve...
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