What did Goodlatte tell retirees in Harrisonburg?

On his Facebook page, Congressman Goodlatte reported on his July 10 visit to the Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community (VMRC) in Harrisonburg, to “talk with residents and staff.”

“Thanks for your questions and hospitality!” Goodlatte wrote.

It would be good to know what the questions were and how he answered them. Unfortunately we are unlikely to find out from the congressman, who prefers to keep his planned visits in the Sixth District– and the contents of those visits– closely-guarded secrets.

Did Goodlatte get any questions about his support for repealing the Affordable Care Act and replacing it with the American Health Care Act? Many residents of the VMRC depend on Medicaid to meet their living expenses, as the VMRC Foundation reports:

At any time, there are approximately 38 residents in Complete Living Care or Assisted Living who must depend on others for financial support, including Medicaid…

As The New York Times reported, Medicaid pays for most of the 1.4 million people in nursing homes. But the Republican-backed AHCA, as well as the Senate Republicans’ version of the bill, would make deep cuts to Medicaid.

Under federal law, state Medicaid programs are required to cover nursing home care. But state officials decide how much to pay facilities, and states under budgetary pressure could decrease the amount they are willing to pay or restrict eligibility for coverage.

“The states are going to make it harder to qualify medically for needing nursing home care,” predicted Toby S. Edelman, a senior policy attorney at the Center for Medicare Advocacy. “They’d have to be more disabled before they qualify for Medicaid assistance.”

States might allow nursing homes to require residents’ families to pay for a portion of their care, she added. Officials could also limit the types of services and days of nursing home care they pay for, as Medicare already does.

It would be nice to think Goodlatte could have provided assurance to all the residents of the Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community that they will be allowed to remain there as long as necessary, even if the Republican bill passes. But it’s hard to see how he honestly could have done that.

2 thoughts on “What did Goodlatte tell retirees in Harrisonburg?

  1. Jeff Clevengerh

    His support of the 17% tax break for the wealthiest Americans like himself disguised as repeal and replace will be a disaster for 23 million Americans including 35% of children of VA 06 that rely on Medicaid. Add that to his continued lack of action regarding Trump and the choice is becoming simple in 2018

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  2. My question is how in the world did this pig manage to persuade enough dopes to put this plain corrupt duplicitous pig in a position of authority. Please people only a tiny percentage are on the payroll what in god’s name are the rest of you thinking. This is as transparent a corrupt politician as any that ever existed. His statements and actions are exactly typecast and what you would expect from a man with zero ideas, who is focused on his selfish indulgence and will trample your faces as often as possible and then wash clothe your mug with a clumsy inarticulate lie to get there. Your electric bill will get paid and you’ll eat a hamburger tonight and your kid will go to school tomorrow. Stop selling your soul because of lazy stupidity and grow a spine when a pig like this shows up at your door. They are multiplying and they are everywhere because you people are lazy. You’ll feel good – stand up to liars cheaters and pigs


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