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Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 12/18/2010

Cuccinelli's consequences

By James Lindsay Jr., Arlington

Recent coverage of Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II [“Cuccinelli basking in court victory,” Metro, Dec. 15; “Cuccinelli: Virginia should consider opting out of Medicaid,” Virginia politics blog, Dec. 7] reminded me of two rarely discussed aspects of Mr. Cuccinelli’s “strategy”: the disastrous potential consequences and his failure to offer alternative solutions.

Mr. Cuccinelli wants to scrap the entire health-care law immediately — all the consumer protections, including those that recently covered children with preexisting conditions, the seriously ill uninsured, those who’ve reached lifetime benefit limits and young adults. Now he proposes we consider opting out of Medicaid, which covers the most vulnerable Virginians. If he succeeds, consumer protections against insurer abuses will vanish. What does he offer the million-plus uninsured, the seriously under­insured and Medicaid recipients in place of what he seeks to dismantle? Apparently nothing.

The attorney general’s actions draw cheers from partisan political groups but ill serve ordinary Virginians struggling with health care. What will it take to make him realize the magnitude of the insurance crisis in Virginia and to use his office to protect rather than undermine consumers’ interests? How many lives must be lost, how many bankruptcies and foreclosures will occur while we wait for him to get it?

By James Lindsay Jr., Arlington  | December 18, 2010; 12:00 PM ET
Categories:  HotTopic, Va. Politics, Virginia, health care, public health  
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The first new rule says you HAVE to have insurance. Both my husband and I have pre-existing conditions, and although the new bill says we can't be denied coverage because of it. So far, the cheapest health insurance we've been able to find is called "Wise Health Insurance" search for it online if you are pre-existing conditions.

Posted by: maryrush | December 18, 2010 11:59 PM | Report abuse

James..who wins,who loses if mandatory insurance is dropped and states are not required to increase their enrollment..
1)not the state..they are already lowering payment rates...and so what if a few hospitals close ..this was probably in their plans anyhow..
2)not the would have been nice to get more people enrolled but they are not starving..
3)not the patients..they know they can show up in an emergency room and get charity care..some actually believe this is an insurance that replaced medicaid.
4)not the providers who get paid by commercial insurance..
5)we will hurt those providers who service the poor..medicaid has been replaced by charity care..and there is more pressure to give out more charity care or lose your tax exemption..

Hospitals and Physicians need to unite as one voice to represent the uninsured..The uninsured has become so comfortable with charity care why should they go through the process to get medicaid..however they don't realize charity care can actually hurt them in the long term..can't get medicatitions filled,can't see certain doctors and possibly not have a primary care doctor..

Posted by: notmd | December 19, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Lindsay, your mistake is in thinking that Cuccinelli wants to "get it." In fact, he couldn't care less about the very real consequences you mention. His only concern is in maintaining his cozy relationship with the most extreme factions of the far right, a relationship he is counting on to boost him to re-election, if not higher office. Expecting anything else from him is folly.

Posted by: alert4jsw | December 19, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

"What will it take to make him realize the magnitude of the insurance crisis in Virginia and to use his office to protect rather than undermine consumers’ interests?"

How? Require all politicians to buy their own health care.
No more Life Time Gold Plated Health and Pension Benefits.

Put elected officials pay raises subject to voter approval.

Posted by: knjincvc | December 19, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Senator Cuccinelli had a health insurance bill in 2009 which would have improved price and condition competitiveness. Here is a link to it...

Posted by: BruceFairfax | December 20, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

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