Richmond, Va.–Yesterday, the Virginia State Senate voted to approve three bills protecting the freedom to decide whether or not to accept health insurance. SB 283, SB 311, and SB 417, which were patroned by Sens. Fred Quayle (R-Suffolk), Stephen Martin (R-Chesterfield), and Jill Holtzman Vogel (R-Upperville), will defy President Barack Obama’s health care plan, if it is passed by Congress.
According to a Richmond Times-Dispatch article, Quayle mentioned that these bills were a way of telling Washington that the Federal government is going beyond its authority.
Meanwhile, the Republican Party of Virginia Chairman, Pat Mullins, indicated that the passage of these three bills should send a clear signal to two vulnerable Congressmen up for re-election, Tom Perriello and Gerry Connolly.
“Monday’s bipartisan vote illustrates just how far out of touch Democrats like Rep. Tom Perriello, D-5th, and Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-11th, are on the issue of health care,” Mullins said. “When Republicans asked Senate Democrats to join them in standing up against federal overreach, five decided to put the rights of their constituents ahead of the wishes of Washington, D.C.”
“Even Democrats in the Virginia Senate realize that the health care nightmare being negotiated behind closed doors across the Potomac is bad news for their constituents,” Mullins said. “Monday’s vote shows again that Reps. Perriello, Connolly and the rest of the Democrats in Washington, D.C., aren’t listening to their employers — the voters of the Commonwealth of Virginia.”
On the other side of the aisle, the Democrats are not satisfied by the passage of these bills. The Times-Dispatch interviewed Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw (D-Fairfax), and he said that this is nothing but a stunt for the 2011 State Senate elections. His colleague, Creigh Deeds (D-Bath) mentioned that the Senate should be focusing on addressing other important issues, and said these bills are merely playing politics with health care.
Depending on the status of Del. Bob Marshall’s (R-Manassas) HB 10, Virginia is merely standing up to assert its own granted authority under the Constitution of the United States, when it comes to decisions that impact the Commonwealth.