June 2, 2021 News & Press Releases

ICYMI: Democratic Leaders In Norfolk Highlight Glenn Youngkin’s Far-Right Opposition To Expanding Affordable Health Care And The American Rescue Plan

by Democratic Party of Virginia

Richmond, VA — Today, DPVA’s “Where Trump Leads, Glenn Follows” press tour continued in Norfolk as Senate President Pro-Tempore Louise Lucas and Senate Democratic Caucus Chair Mamie Locke highlighted Glenn Youngkin’s extreme agenda and touted Democrats’ track record of success ahead of the June 8 Democratic primary. 

While Youngkin continues to dodge basic questions about his record, he has made his complete allegiance to Donald Trump and his far-right agenda clear. Youngkin has opposed COVID-19 relief that benefitted millions of Virginians, opposed the expansion of affordable health care in Virginia, and taken hardline stances against reproductive rights. 

Today in Norfolk, Democratic leaders once again emphasized the case against Youngkin’s extreme agenda. See below for key excerpts and watch the full conversation here.

Senate President Pro-Tempore Louise Lucas

“Youngkin may not have a voting record, but we know exactly where he stands. He’s against protecting the right to vote, against critical COVID-19 relief, against expanding health care to those most in need, and against expanding civil rights protections to LGBTQ Virginians. In other words, Youngkin is doing exactly what Donald Trump wants him to do -- taking far-right positions that would threaten Virginia’s recovery.”

“Youngkin has steadfastly opposed the COVID-19 relief that has been a crucial lifeline for working families and small businesses across the Commonwealth...Youngkin has taken an extremely hard line on health care — railing against Governor Northam’s efforts to protect the Affordable Care Act and aggressively attacking Medicaid expansion.”

Senate Democratic Caucus Chair Mamie Locke

“It took us a long time to finally get Medicaid expanded here in Virginia because Republicans blocked us at every turn. Glenn Youngkin’s opposition to Medicaid expansion and the Affordable Care Act means health care is on the ballot in Virginia...This week in Virginia we’re celebrating the three year anniversary of Medicaid expansion. This was a historic step in the fight to protect and expand health care for all Virginians. Thanks to Democratic leadership -- and after we spent years working to overcome Republican opposition -- we expanded Medicaid and 550,000 Virginians were able to gain health care.”

“Glenn Youngkin is running on his 100% allegiance to Donald Trump -- which includes the Republican health care agenda of opposing Medicaid expansion and attacking the Affordable Care Act.” 

“Youngkin has voiced his strong opposition to laws giving women the right to choose and is threatening to rip away reproductive rights. And be reminded that the Supreme Court has taken up the case coming out of Mississippi dealing with reproductive rights, so we need someone in the governor’s mansion who will be able to stand with women.”