Virginia State Senator's Resignation Threatens Medicaid Expansion Efforts07:03

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A Democratic state senator in Virginia has resigned. This would not typically make the national news, but in this case, Phillip Puckett's resignation has shifted the balance of power in the state senate from Democrats to Republicans, and may prevent Governor Terry McAuliffe — a Democrat — from expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson talks to WAMU reporter Michael Pope about the reasons for Puckett's resignation, and the implications for the Medicaid expansion effort.


This segment aired on June 10, 2014.

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