Richmond, VA – This morning, Democratic House Leader David Toscano, Democratic Caucus Chair Mark Sickles, and Democratic Caucus Vice Chair Jennifer McClellan held a press call on the House Republicans refusal to take any action to close the coverage gap.
“House Republicans continue to play Washington-style, shutdown politics that is costing Virginia taxpayers’ money and leaving thousands of uninsured Virginians without access to quality, affordable health care,” said Democratic Caucus Vice Chair Jennifer McClellan. “This obstructionism has already lost $355 of our own Federal tax dollars this year, and we will continue to lose money until the House Republicans come to the table.
“But House Republicans continue to put their Tea Party ideology first – isolating themselves from a bipartisan group of hospitals, chambers, business leaders, mayors, and Virginia families who are calling on us to act. It’s time to end the political games and gimmicks and work on a plan to bring our federal dollars back home and close the coverage gap.”
“The House Republicans response to any action to close the coverage gap and bring our tax dollars back to Virginia continues to be ‘no,’” said Democratic House Leader David Toscano. “We said let’s find a Virginia way to extend health care to hardworking Virginians, they said ‘no.’ We said inaction costs us $5 million dollars a day and puts our hospitals at risk, they said ‘no.’
“‘No’ is not a policy. ‘No’ is not a compromise. ‘No’ is a recipe for gridlock and shutdown.”