It was a rally that was timed down to the last minute, sponsored, of course, by AFP, who in turn owes it existence to hefty donations by billionaire brothers, David H. and Charles Koch.
Todays rally was well thought out, and coincided with the meeting of the state's Medicaid Innovation and Reform Commission. This group was set up by the General Assembly earlier this year with the purpose of monitoring the Medicaid provisions the state was required to have in order to expand the program.
Governor Bob McDonnell has already rejected the healthcare law's Medicaid expansion. Even so, the state can opt in at will. The Affordable Care Act expands Medicaid eligibility up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level. This would add about 400,000 people to Virginia's Medicaid roles.
AFP state director Dave Schwartz told the assembled crowd that it made little sense to throw 400,000 more people into a program that was already broken. He also said the main objective of AFP is to get the Affordable Care Act repealed.
It is fairly obvious that the funding behind the ongoing fight to discredit President Obama as well as the Affordable Care Act is the work of the Koch brothers. While it may appear that anything can be bought, if someone has enough money, how much are these gentlemen willing to spend in an effort to keep our government in turmoil?