From an editorial in this morning's Charleston Gazette Mail:
Many observers hoped that Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., who is somewhat moderate, would rebel against her party in the Senate and save millions of Americans from losing care.
However, her office revealed last week that she will kill the ACA in a slightly softer manner — phasing out the Medicaid expansion over seven years, perhaps from 2020 to 2027.That’s a bit gentler, but it still would strip care from 170,000 West Virginians, and millions more nationwide, eventually.
“This is a sad and stunning sellout of her West Virginia constituents,” Brad Heflin, of the Alliance for Health Care Security, commented.
He added: “This is an epic reversal for the senator. With this flip-flop, she has put hundreds of thousands of men, women and children at risk, made it harder to combat the opioid crisis in our state, and put a huge financial burden on the state budget.”
Heflin said Capito previously promised she would “find a way” to rescue the 170,000 West Virginians at risk. She told his group: “I’m not interested in just dropping them off a cliff.”
The Gazette Mail replied:
Instead, she would drop them off a cliff on the installment plan — around 25,000 per year for seven years.
That's a start. Let's see if any other WV news source covers what Capito and the Republicans are really up to with their under-the-radar legislation.
On the other hand, this morning's Wheeling Intelligencer featured Senator Capito's address yesterday to Girls State at Wheeling Jesuit University. (McKinley on Sunday and Capito on Monday; can Ryan Ferns be far behind?)
As with yesterday's article on McKinley's visit, part of the article covers what she said and the rest is an opportunity for a local favorite to push their agenda. In this case, Capito gets to weasel around healthcare and Joselyn King simply writes it all down. King tells us:
Capito also has strong concerns about the government maintaining some aspects of coverage under the expansion of state medicaid systems.
Yeah, right. Hopefully some of the participants asked Capito some tough questions; obviously, King didn't.