Local General Assembly members voice mixed feelings on Medicaid expansion

Whether Medicaid expansion is a historic achievement or a disaster in the making depends on who you ask. The Historic Triangle’s representatives in the General Assembly split along party lines in their reaction to expansion.

The General Assembly adopted a budget that included Medicaid expansion, which opens coverage to about 400,000 low-income Virginians, Wednesday. The budget passed on a 23-17 vote in the Senate, where four Republicans joined the Senate’s 19 Democrats to cast yes votes.

Sen. Thomas K. “Tommy” Norment, R-James City, wasn’t among those Republicans who supported the budget.

“Today, the General Assembly approved a budget that abandons Virginia’s long-standing reputation for fiscal responsibility,” Norment said in a statement Wednesday.

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