Gubernatorial Race and Medicaid

The Virginia Bureau of predicts that the Virginia gubernatorial race will have an impact on whether Virginia will accept the Medicaid expansion part of the Affordable Care Act. Republican candidate Ken Cuccinelli is firmly opposed to the expansion. As Attorney General, Cuccinelli tried to test the constitutionality of the act before the Supreme Court. Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe, on the other hand ,supports the expansion and is using it as part of his healthcare agenda. A March 2013 poll showed that 45 percent of registered voters support and 43 percent oppose expanding Medicaid. This debate may have an impact on who win the governor’s race and the future of healthcare in Virginia.


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