I just finished reading an op-ed from Mark Herring, blasting the rumored amendment coming from Governor Bob McDonnell to ban health care insurance companies from providing abortion coverage in the new state health exchange. Herring is right, limiting private companies from providing that type of insurance is wrong.
But I need to take this opportunity to gloat.
Many of the General Assembly Democrats have been whining since Obamacare passed that they wanted a state run exchange. As I have said a number of times before- this is incredibly short-sighted. If Virginia did not set up an partnership exchange, the federal government would step in and do it for us. This means no stupid laws like this.
By pushing us towards an exchange run by Richmond, rather than one run by the federal government, Democrats in the General Assembly have set the health care of Virginians back decades. This will continue- every year you should expect some right wing bill to try and play around with our health care system. Every. Year.
Just remember- all Democrats had to do was vote no on setting up the state exchange and the federal government would have done it for us with none of this bullshit included.