Terry McAuliffe (D) supports the Affordable Care Act and the increase in access to affordable health care it will bring to citizens across Virginia:
- McAuliffe supports implementing the ACA “in the way that creates jobs and brings about savings and better outcomes for Virginia patients, doctors, and businesses.”
- He strongly supports Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act because of the increased coverage it would bring to hundreds of thousands of Virginians.
- McAuliffe opposes an amendment proposed by Governor Bob McDonnell that would ban abortion insurance coverage in health insurance marketplaces.
Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) is one of the most vocal opponents of the Affordable Care Act and expanded access to healthcare:
- Cuccinelli brags that he was the first attorney general to file an unsuccessful lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act and has continued to advocate for ACA repeal, despite the fact that 844,753 uninsured Virginians are now eligible for affordable coverage under the act.
- Cuccinelli opposes expanding Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act, even though expanding eligibility would reduce the number of uninsured Virginians by as much as 37% and Virginia would receive 100% of federal funding for the first three years of expanding the program and 90% of funding thereafter.
- He has also suggested that opponents of the ACA mandate on contraception coverage, without co-pays or deductibles, should commit acts of civil disobedience, “go to jail” for the cause.
Lt. Governor Race:
Dr. Ralph Northam, M.D. (D) is a strong supporter of the Affordable Care Act and expanded Medicaid coverage for Virginians:
- “I remain committed to ensuring that the Commonwealth moves quickly to comply with the law and start getting health care to currently uninsured Virginians,” he said.
Bishop E.W. Jackson (R) is a staunch opponent of the Affordable Care Act:
- He believes the ACA is an impediment of religious freedom and Judeo-Christian values.
- “That’s one of the reasons I categorically, unequivocally and without any apology whatsoever, oppose the Affordable Care Act known as Obamacare,” he said. “It’s a violation of the conscience of people who seek to follow their faith rather than the dictates of the federal government.”
Attorney General Race:
Mark Herring (D) supports the Affordable Care Act and expanded Medicaid coverage for Virginians.
State Senator Mark Obenshain (R) said he “absolutely” would have challenged the Affordable Care Act if he had been Attorney General at the time.
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