Republicans and Democrats in Virginia are hopelessly deadlocked on whether or not the state should expand Medicaid to 400,000 uninsured residents. Both sides are trying to figure out what might happen if Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe steps in to resolve the situation using executive authority.
“For Republicans, it’s win-win. The Medicaid expansion in states where it occurs helps the state economy, and the very public opposition by Republicans to Obamacare helps them win reelection,” says Stephen Farnsworth, a professor at the University of Mary Washington.