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McAuliffe Unveils Health, Education Plans

Anita Kumar

This morning, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe rolled out plans to make healthcare more affordable, increase access to higher education and secure retirement savings.

"Our economic struggles have not been evenly distributed around Virginia - some communities, some industries, have been hit much harder than others," McAuliffe said. "But Virginians everywhere can see what is happening, and they wonder how it may affect them. State government cannot solve all of our problems. But it should be an ally to the aspirations and goals of its citizens."

The three Democratic candidates for governor are feverishly campaigning across the state, releasing policy proposals several times a week. Yesterday, McAuliffe and rival Brian Moran unveiled proposals to lure Hollywood film crews to the state and boost the number of businesses owned by women and minorities.

Today, McAuliffe proposed offering unemployed workers low-interest loans to help buy health insurance or allowing them to buy into existing state health insurance programs or other health plans..

McAuliffe also proposed creating a "Scholars for Service" loan forgiveness program, increased marketing for the Virginia Guaranteed Assistance Program and guaranteeing help for any student based on need who successfully completes certain requirements.

He pledged to create a state IRA that would allow small employers to offer a voluntary reitrement savings program to their employees and allow workers in private companies to participate in the state's deferred compensation program

By Anita Kumar  |  April 2, 2009; 10:14 AM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Brian J. Moran , Election 2009 , Terry McAuliffe  
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Who ever becomes the next Governor of Virginia will do well to examine the pros and cons of the existing health care system and set up a task force to address the issues before us. Check this out for some relevant thoughts on the subject and await follow up Diaries later this month to address problems of those who have no medical insurance at present.

Our health care woes has people in one of three categories:
1. Those with employer provided insurance
2. Those with no insurance at all
3. Those who are on medicare and medicaid

The few who are not employed but buy their own private insurance are few and far between, they along with the self employed buying their own insurance will be grouped under group 1 above as they all use commercial insurance plans.

McAuliffe is releasing several very detailed plans and appears to have the drive and organization to deliver on his promises - economy, jobs, energy, education, health care and transportation. It looks like a lot, and appears very much like typical election campaign promises, but if one gave this a second thought, it becomes clear that it all revolves around just one item - the ECONOMY. Every thing else is just a sub-set of the economy, so he seems to be on track to help raise Virginia out of the depression. Perhaps we will be the model state for others to follow.

Posted by: alankrishnan | April 2, 2009 11:59 PM | Report abuse

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