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Thursday, July 20, 2017
Virginia Senator Barbara Favola Speaks Out Against Gillespie’s Silence on Republican Bill to Repeal ACA and War on Women
ARLINGTON - Today, Senator Barbara Favola (D-Arlington) stood with Virginia Delegate Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington) and Arlington County Board Member Katie Cristol to condemn Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie’s silence on the Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and to deny women access to health care.
Sen. Favola noted that the Republican Senate bill was written behind closed doors with no public comment and no commitment to even give Senators time to read the bill before a vote.
“When folks do things behind closed doors, they are ashamed and they know they are doing something wrong. This bill robs our working families of life and death health care coverage to give the rich tax breaks,” said Favola.
According to the Urban Institute and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 685,000 Virginians, including pregnant women, children, the disabled, and working families would lose their health care if the ACA were repealed.
In speaking about the devastating impact to Virginia, Sen. Favola added, “Yet, Mr. Gillespie has been silent. He doesn’t care about Virginians who are struggling to support their families. This bill is so bad that Republican Governors across the country from Nevada to Ohio have come out against it. But Mr. Gillespie will not stand up to Trump and fight for Virginians.”
According to the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission, Virginia ranks 48th in Medicaid expenditures and has one of the most restrictive eligibility plans in the Country. The proposed per capita spending caps are based on a 2016 baseline and would have devastating impacts on Virginians. For example,
Virginia’s Addiction Recovery and Treatment program, designed to fight the opioid epidemic, would not be covered;
Reimbursement for the Community Waiver program is projected to be $29,344 per year while the average cost of taking care of those with developmental disabilities is $80,000 per year. Many receiving waivers are children.
Medicaid covers nearly half of all births in the State of Virginia, and 64% of Medicaid dollars cover individuals in nursing homes. The majority of Medicaid recipients are women.
Sen. Favola noted that both Trump and Gillespie were endorsed by the National Right to Life, an organization that supported Virginia’s transvaginal ultrasound requirement, and wanted to defund Planned Parenthood.
“Gillespie would have denied State dollars to Planned Parenthood clinics in Virginia even though those dollars only funded screenings of sexually transmitted infections for low-income women. This bill passed the General Assembly with only Republican votes. Governor McAuliffe vetoed the bill but you can bet that Ed Gillespie would have signed the bill,” said Favola.
Both Trump and Gillespie also backed a 20-week ban on abortion.
“This would take away a woman's constitutional right under Roe versus Wade to have control over her own body. It’s pretty clear that D is for driving forward and R is for reverse and Mr. Gillespie like Mr. Trump will take Virginia backward,” said Favola.
Senator Barbara A. Favola represents Virginia’s 31st Senate district, which includes parts of Arlington and Fairfax counties, and a portion of Loudoun County. Senator Favola currently serves on the Local Government, Rehabilitation and Social Services, and Transportation Committees.