02/15/2018 Senate Proceedings

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Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel (R-Winchester)—00:00
Sen. Frank Ruff (R-Clarksville)—01:12
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Minutes

Called to order at 12 m. by Lt. Governor Justin E. Fairfax

Prayer offered by Burr Datz, Catholic Campus Minister, Washington
and Lee, Lexington, Virginia

ROLL CALL OF MEMBERS: quorum present

Motion of Senator Chase dispensed with reading of Journal (37?Y
3?N)

COMMUNICATION FROM HOUSE (HN10214): reading waived (37?Y 3?N)

The House of Delegates has agreed to the amendment proposed by the
Senate to the following House bill: HB 627

The House of Delegates has agreed to the following Senate joint
resolution: SJ 104

BILLS REPORTED

From Courts of Justice: HB 77, 135, 151A, 162, 202, 235, 311S, 362
rereferred to Finance, 364, 638S, 743, 780, 856, 900 rereferred to Finance, 902,
1142A, 1164, 1219, 1260, 1310, 1343S, 1482S, 1511S, 1564, 1599 rereferred to
Finance

From Education and Health: HB 1S, 81, 155S, 313S, 322, 335, 399,
442, 501, 507 rereferred to Finance, 520, 778A, 779, 842, 854, 875, 878, 915,
1071, 1114, 1158, 1173, 1174S, 1181, 1197A, 1198, 1251A, 1265S, 1375, 1377S,
1430, 1473S rereferred to Finance, 1556

From Transportation: HB 114, 563, 737A rereferred Finance, 955A,
1068, 1069A, 1159, 1342, 1354, 1413, 1535

BILLS REREFERRED

From Courts of Justice: HB 437 rereferred to Rehabilitation and
Social Services, 1167 rereferred to Privileges and Elections

From Transportation: HB 55 rereferred to Finance, 73 rereferred to
Finance, 684 rereferred to Finance, 1525 rereferred to Courts of Justice

Rules suspended, privileges of the floor given to distinguished
guests (40?Y 0?N)

 

 


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[Unknown]
Give them a warm House welcome.
Kirk Cox
The gentleman from Fairfax Mr. Plum.
[Unknown]
Mr. Speaker I rise for a point of personal privilege.
[Unknown]
Gentleman May proceed. >> Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House suggestion this morning we ought to call a spade a spade. I couldn't be more in agreement. We need to call a spade a spade. We're talking about meg eight expansion calling it medicaid expansion 11 hand describes it but there is a more accurate way that, is insuring uninsured virginians. While we fiddle here and talk about the politics, involved nationally and state by state now with medicaid expansion and coverage gap, fact of the matter is there are a million virginians who are uninsured. Mr. Speaker ladies and gentlemen of the House we sit here today, there are virginians who are trying to make a decision about what bill to do they pay? Do they get prescription filled? Do they get the propane tank filled? Gasoline tank? What do they do? Because it is the case there are million virginians uninsured. When are we going to get around to talk about the needs of virginians? And not the needs of the politics involved in these decisions? It is the case that while we're here talking about what should be done with the medicaid expansion, as we found out through four speeches already, Virginia businesses are paying the fees that are related to medicaid expansion. While we're talking about ed medicaid expansion, Virginia businesses are paying for medicaid expansion. The question becomes when we think about the Virginia way, and that Virginia way being one of the best managed states in the union, I wonder how it's going to be looked when we take a look at Virginia 's current circumstance of where virginians contribute to expanding medicaid coverage insurance coverage for uninsured individuals in states throughout the union, but forgo money for their own citizens. Is that best managed? Is that the Virginia way? Mr. Speaker I would suggest to you that is not the case. At some point we do need to call a spade a spade, and that is that there are people in Virginia who are hurting. There are people who are hurting in terms of medical insurance, there are people making those tough decisions about how they have to spend their personal budgets and so on. We need to continue to look around and poke at the fact some adjustments are being made over time as we undergo a massive new program and implementation. Let me tell you what. If adjustments weren't made, speeches on the floor would be, this program is set in concrete. We ought to, it seems to me gain from understanding from that that there is a possibility that we can come up with a Virginia way, we could make a proposal as other states have made proposals and we can go to the federal government with those proposals. Instead, what we continue to seem to want to do is to argue about issues. But we argue not about the real issue before us, that being the people in Virginia who are in need of this kind of coverage, we talk again about politics of it. Who is going to get the credit? The blame? Mr. Speaker ladies and gentlemen of the House, Virginia the best managed state in the union. Next to utah, and utah you know is usually the one we're competing with. We're first or second, they're first or second, each year. Utah not hardly a hot bed of liberalism, take a look at the same set of facts we got. They decided to go forward. To close their coverage gap, to take advantage of medicaid funding. And I would suggest to you if we want to keep that position of being one of the best-managed states in the union we'd make the same kind of decisions. Mr. Speaker, ladies and gentlemen of the House going forward, what I would implore us to do is take a look at what the subject is really about. And the subject is about virginians, it's about virginians in need, virginians having to make impossible decisions, decisions we can make easier for them, if we, in fact stop the stone walling, stop rejecting all possible compromises, stop rejecting all alternatives and get down to working out a solution for those virginian who's be can helped by a coverage closing the coverage gap, medicaid expansion, the Virginia way, a spade a spade, whatever it is you want to call it we need to get on with