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VA Democrats: Government Knows Best

Garren Shipley - May 23, 2018

From Washington to Richmond, Republicans are working to ensure that hard-working families can buy the insurance that makes the most sense for their circumstances. Nationally, the Department of Health and Human Services is working to change Obamacare rules that would let people buy and renew short-term health insurance plans that last for as long as a year.
 
Short-terms plans are cheaper, and exempt from many of the onerous requirements put in place by Democrats under Obamacare. For younger workers, such plans are often the best financial choice. Which is why Democrats like Tim Kaine vehemently oppose them. 
 
Kaine and Mark Warner wrote a letter earlier this month calling for the plans to curtailed, because they "will draw younger and healthier consumers out of the health care marketplaces.” In other words, younger and healthier people should be required to buy insurance they don’t need.
 
Just this past week, Governor Ralph Northam vetoed a series of bills in Virginia that would have made coverage under short-term plans cheaper and easier to get. That earned the notice of the Richmond Times-Dispatch:
 
From the Richmond Times-Dispatch (emphasis added):
 
The governor pointed out that many healthy people would choose relatively modest levels of coverage. That’s because, well, it’s often the smart thing for healthy people to do. Trouble is, that leaves people who are less healthy in insurance markets ruled by the ACA — and the governor is worried that premiums will rise for them. He’s probably right. But does that mean healthy people should be banned from making the wisest possible health insurance choices for themselves and their families? 
 
Please consider the following quote from me as you cover the continued Democrat assault on working families:
 
"The contrast couldn’t be more clear. Republicans want Virginians and all Americans to be able to buy the insurance they want and need at a reasonable price. Democrats in Virginia remain committed to making people buy health insurance they don’t need or want. Republicans think families know best what insurance they need to buy. Democrats think government knows best. Vote accordingly.” — Garren Shipley, RNC spokesman

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