The Washington Post is reporting that Virginia’s Republican leaders in the House of Delegates are planning to take the issue to the floor as early as today in the special legislative session.
While many are not expecting the $2 billion-a-year expansion to pass, some conservative legislatures are saying its a possibility. The situation may resemble the tax hike that unexpectedly passed when Mark Warner was the governor over 10 years ago.
Months after the summer stalemate over the expansion McAuliffe and House Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford) debuted the bipartisan plan. The plan would close the $2.4 billion budget shortfall, a big concern for many Republicans. However, there is not indication that they have warmed up to the expansion plan.
Howell said that he called the special session in order to give the issue of Medicaid expansion a fair hearing; however he has expressed that there are not any expansion bills that he favored.