June 1, 2021 News & Press Releases

As Virginia Celebrates Three Years of Medicaid Expansion, Glenn Youngkin is Threatening to Gut Virginians’ Health Care

by Democratic Party of Virginia

Glenn Youngkin’s opposition to Medicaid expansion and the Affordable Care Act means health care is on the ballot in Virginia

Richmond, VA — In Virginia, this week marks the three year anniversary of Medicaid expansion, a historic step in the fight to protect and expand health care for all Virginians. As a direct result of Democratic leadership — and despite years of steadfast GOP opposition — Medicaid was expanded and over 550,000 Virginians gained health care coverage.

This anniversary is a testament to the transformative change Democrats have made — and with Glenn Youngkin on the ballot, it is a reminder of what is at stake in this election. Youngkin opposes Medicaid expansion — which he believes is “a sad thing” — and has attacked the Affordable Care Act. As he runs on his complete allegiance to Donald Trump, Youngkin has made clear that he would be a continuation of constant Republican efforts to gut Virginians’ health care. 

“Glenn Youngkin’s allegiance to Donald Trump’s far-right agenda is a threat to Virginians’ health care,” said Manuel Bonder, DPVA spokesman. “Virginia’s next governor must be someone committed to protecting and expanding access to health care — not someone who threatens it. Youngkin’s opposition to Medicaid expansion and his threats to gut Virginians’ health care is a critical testament to the fact that he is far too extreme for Virginia.”