Two business groups oppose each
other on whether to allow thousands of uninsured access to a Medicaid kind of
system for health care in Virginia in the United States.
On one side The Chamber of
Commerce affirmed its support to go with a plan where government backed health
care would be provided to thousands of Virginians on the lines of a Medicaid
Later, from the State Capitol
room an official from the traditionally conservative National Federation of
Independent Business along with the House of Delegates Republican leaders stood
against the plan.
Barry DuVal - Chief of the Chamber and a former mayor along
with fellow business leaders were in support of the concept. DuVal offered a
11-point plan mirroring the "Marketplace Virginia". The plan proposes on using
$1.7 billion annual amount which is the amount recovered by federal taxes to be
used to take care of uninsured Virginians health care - 250,000 of them.
One key difference between the groups is the chamber wants
an audit of the state's Medicaid program, which is something House Republicans
F. Kevin Reynolds, regional president of Cardinal Bank, a
financial institution with locations in Northern Virginia, Washington and
Maryland, is also in favor of the plan. Noting employers already pay
health-care-related taxes and that Virginia can recover billions of those
dollars, Reynolds said the choice is "very clear."
"Let's do the right thing," Reynolds said.
"We understand it's politically difficult, but the business case is
Gary McCollum of Cox Communications stressed the need of a
healthy work force."It's a practical business principle approach that in
the long run will help all of our businesses and all of our citizens of the
According to the National Federation of Independent
Business's Nicole Riley, "not everybody in the business community thinks
expanding Medicaid is a good idea." Her group represents 5,500 Virginia
small businesses - they employ 10 or fewer workers, on average - and she said a
survey of them concluded 81 percent of member employers oppose Medicaid
Only employers with more than 50 employees are mandated to
provide health insurance, or face a penalty, under the Affordable Care Act.
Julian Walker, 25th