LaRock Calls for Medicaid De-Coupling
March 4, 2014
Richmond, VA – Delegate Dave LaRock called for the legislature to ensure the prompt passage of the budget by setting aside any issue that could result in a failure to achieve consensus – including Medicaid expansion, if necessary.
“This is a sensible approach. Back in 2013, Governor McAuliffe called for Virginia’s congressional delegation to set aside issues that could result in a government shutdown, because he recognized that a shutdown is bad for everyone. I believe we should apply that same principle to the current budget discussion, and work to pass a normal budget on time without any fireworks.”
LaRock’s position on considering Medicaid expansion separately also found company in a statement offered today by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, who urged that the legislature “set aside any issue that may create an impasse” on the budget. “The Chamber’s position makes sense. Virginia’s credit rating and solid business reputation comes from a history of working together, not holding the budget hostage to get the new programs we might want,” LaRock said.
“The House and Senate are very close to lining up the normal spending differences in the budget bills we have already passed. The folks back home need this process to be finished soon. Loudoun is already planning their school budget for the year, and it’s a problem for them if they can’t get reliable information on what funds will be available. This is going to affect more people and hurt much worse if we let this drag out. Let’s do what Virginia has traditionally done by passing a solid, normal budget and considering Medicaid expansion separately on its merits."
About Dave LaRock
Delegate Dave LaRock represents the 33rd House District, including parts of Loudoun, Clarke and Frederick Counties, and the towns of Leesburg (partial), Purcellville, Berryville, Lovettsville, Round Hill, Hamilton and Hillsboro. LaRock serves on the Transportation Committee, the Science and Technology Committee and the Counties, Cities and Towns Committee. Dave and his wife, Joanne, have lived in Loudoun for 28 years, building a successful family-owned general contracting business. The LaRocks reside near Hamilton with Abby and John, the youngest of their seven children.