Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe vowed Friday to bypass the General Assembly and expand Medicaid eligibility for about 400,000 low-income residents on his own, a move Republican lawmakers immediately promised to fight.
Virginia Republicans are being accused of bribing off a Democratic state senator by offering he and his daughter prestigious jobs in exchange for his resignation – giving the GOP control of the chamber and the ability to strike down Medicaid expansion through the Affordable Care Act.
Members of a joint legislative commission looking at possible Medicaid expansion in Virginia remain at odds over the issue.
A quickly done overnight opinion by conservative attorney general Ken Cuccinelli on a Medicaid expansion compromise threatens to derail transportation funding reform legislation.