June 27, 2017 Press Releases and Announcements

Five Full Days of Silence from Ed Gillespie on Senate Trumpcare Bill

by Christina Freundlich

Health Care Adds to the Long List of Issues Gillespie Refuses to Discuss


It’s been five full days since the Senate unveiled their version of Trumpcare -- and Ed Gillespie still hasn’t taken a position on it.


Here’s just a few places where it’s noted that Gillespie refuses to answer:


  • Inside NOVA: “But when it came time to discuss the Senate GOP’s newly revealed ‘Better Care Reconciliation Act,” Gillespie clammed up a bit.”


  • Washington Post: “Gillespie called the draft Senate bill an ‘important step forward’ in repealing the Affordable Care Act, but he declined to take a position, saying he was reviewing the legislation.”


  • Richmond Times-Dispatch: “Ed Gillespie, the GOP nominee for governor, said in a statement that he looks forward to ‘thoroughly reviewing’ the proposal’s effect on Virginia. Lt. Gov. Ralph S. Northam, the Democratic nominee, denounced the Senate GOP bill and called on Gillespie to clarify his position.”


  • Inside NOVA: “Yet Gillespie wouldn’t say how he’d cope with the bill’s proposed Medicaid cuts as governor, stressing that he would pursue ways to ‘expand access and coverage and affordability’ no matter what comes out of Congress.”


  • @AlexKomaIN: “@EdWGillespie stops by Todos Supermarket in Woodbridge. Demurs on comment on Senate’s healthcare bill. #VAGOV”


  • @RTDSchapiro: “Actually, that’s an interesting thought: When will @EdWGillespie say something substantive about the GOP health care gambit?”


“Ed Gillespie is dodging Trumpcare just like he is dodging so many other pressing issues facing Virginians,” said DPVA spokeswoman Christina Freundlich. “It’s time for Gillespie to be straightforward with Virginians on if he will stand alongside Trump and take away care for over a half millionVirginians, or if he plans to stand up against Trump and protect the millions of Virginians with pre-existing conditions and those who rely on Medicaid.”