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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 a 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 the 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

Alternative Medicaid Options

Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs)  Approximately 1 in 6 rural residents are served by the Health Center Program, according to the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC). Health centers provide a comprehensive...

Expansion is Fueling the Opioid Epidemic

Expansion is Fueling the Opioid Epidemic

Chairman Johnson Releases Report on How Medicaid Has Helped to Fuel the Opioid Epidemic WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, released a report Wednesday, “Drugs for Dollars: How...

Speaker Howell Op-Ed on Medicaid Expansion

Speaker Howell Op-Ed on Medicaid Expansion

Originally published in The Free-Lance Star: January 5, 2014 As the General Assembly prepares to convene for the 2014 session, lawmakers continue to debate the future of Medicaid expansion in Virginia. As I have said many times before, Medicaid should not be expanded...

On The Issues

Economy

Economy

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....

Transportation

Transportation

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 Exit 140 interchange, and almost...

Preservation

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...