The current opposition [to Medicaid expansion] is not an outlier to Virginia politics. Rather, it fits within a long continuum, stretching back at least to the early 20th century, in which the state insists that it cannot afford this or that social program before either managing to do so or benefiting without paying our share.
Why am I not surprised that Harry Byrd’s Virginia was the last state to join Social Security? That Virginia has to be dragged into the present, kicking and screaming, is typical.
You’d think our legislature would learn something from our past, if nothing else but the definition of insanity.