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Delegates Marshall and Hope Join Together to Call on Virginia to Take Full Responsibility for Sterilizing Thousands

Richmond, VA – Today Delegate Robert G. “Bob” Marshall (R-13) and Delegate Patrick A. Hope (D-47) joined together and to call on both the General Assembly and Governor McAuliffe to take decisive action for the decades of policy that sterilized thousands of Virginians.  Delegate Marshall has introduced HB 74, with Delegate Hope as the Chief Co-Patron, which establishes the Justice for Victims of Sterilization Act to provide compensation to persons involuntarily sterilized between 1924 and 1979 in Virginia.

Delegate Marshall stated “Beginning in 1924, Virginia, to its disgrace, provided a model for Nazi eugenics sterilization statute.  Now in the 21st century we must seek to redress this as best we can.  Many of the victims of this policy of involuntary sterilization are still alive and suffering the effects.  Under eminent domain, government is required to compensate citizens for taking away property; how much more should it compensate for taking away the ability to have a family?”

Hope added, “It’s now time to write the final chapter in this shameful and repugnant part of Virginia’s history.  What we’re asking for goes well-beyond just simple words of regret. We need to set an example and take full responsibility for our actions so that the healing process can finally begin.”

Also in attendance was Mr. Lewis Reynolds who was forcibly sterilized at the age of thirteen. (Note a brief bio for Mr. Lewis is included below.) Mr. Reynolds commented that ““I always wanted children. My wife and I would cry because I could not give her children. I sometimes still will cry when I am alone. I wanted children very much. It is hard for me to think that they thought I was worthless.” He adds, “It would be right if they [Virginia] paid for what they took from me.  [Still] I served my country and would have died for my country.”

Mark Bold, the Executive Director at the Christian Law Institute stated, “Virginia, in its official capacity, aggressively sought to eliminate entire classes of our citizens, those the Commonwealth considered “unfit” and “defective,” in a cruel, selfish and materialistic effort to create a superior human race. An apology and a pat on the back will not provide the relief that is necessary to the few remaining living survivors. Their injury is ongoing and continues to exist; therefore the debt to these victims still exists in a moral sense.”

Victoria Cobb, the President of the Family Foundation of Virginia said, “Virginia has apologized for eugenics, but that’s little comfort to those few surviving victims who had their ability to have children taken away from them by an atrocious government act.  The idea that the government can deem some worthy of life and others not should be revolting to every American.  And while this small amount of money cannot begin to undo the wrong, it is one way to hold a government accountable for its actions and, hopefully, to prevent anything like this from happening again.”

Jeff Caruso of the Virginia Catholic Conference noted, “Virginia’s policy of forced sterilization was inhumane and must be repudiated in the strongest terms. While no amount of money will ever repair the harm done or adequately compensate the victims for their loss, the Commonwealth finally should provide some restitution as a matter of justice.”

Jamie Liban, the Executive Director of the ARC of Virginia also spoke.

Victims of the Virginia Sterilization Program can contact: Justice For Sterilization Victims Hotline: 888-643-7497  Website: http://www.sterilizationvictims.org/

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Mr. Lewis Reynolds, 86, a Marine Corps veteran of 30 years, fought in two wars (Korean and Vietnam), married for 47 years, forcibly sterilized at 13.  Mr. Reynolds first wife left him because he could not give her children. Mr. Reynolds was sterilized at the Central Virginia Training Center (formerly Virginia Colony for the Epileptic and Feeble Minded) because they said he was epileptic; in fact he was recovering from an injury he received when a rock hit him in the head.


My Alternative to Medicaid Expansion

 

I URGENTLY NEED YOUR HELP!!  My HB 39, to provide an alternative to Medicaid expansion by providing free health care to the indigent through volunteer doctors is set to be killed in Committee tomorrow.  There are big money interests that want Medicaid expanded, and my bill would get in their way!

PLEASE CONTACT MEMBERS OF THE COURTS OF JUSTICE CIVIL LAWS SUBCOMMITTEE IMMEDIATELY AND ASK THEM TO SUPPORT HB 39!

When I received notice that HB 39 would be heard tomorrow, Delegate Landes and I asked for a short postponement as a courtesy to the doctors who need to rearrange their schedules in order to testify on behalf of my bill.  I was told by Subcommittee Chair Delegate Habeeb that I could reschedule.  Within an hour Del. Habeeb told me the bill would be heard tomorrow!

My bill is being opposed by the Trial Attorneys.  Under HB 39, if doctors donate four hours weekly of free care to the indigent in exchange for their service, the Attorney General’s office would defend them against lawsuits in their private and charity practices.  This would lessen the need for malpractice insurance.

Few doctors serve Medicaid recipients currently because of the high costs.  Adding 425,000 new Medicaid recipients to the present one million will further burden the system.

During the Governor’s race, Terry McAuliffe twice said he would not vote for a Budget unless Medicaid expansion was included.  My HB 39 is a true compromise in that the poor would get medical care, and the taxpayers would not have to suffer through more tax increases because of Medicaid expansion.

Remember, Republican leaders imposed the last three tax hikes on Virginians, including the 2013 road tax hike.  We cannot count on their “Alamo-like” resistance to Medicaid expansion unless the people make their voices heard.  My HB 39 would forestall the need to expand Medicaid, and that is why it is feared.

HB 39 will not cost a dime of tax money and will avoid Medicaid fraud because Medicaid would not be used.  No insurance billing bureaucracy would be needed to administer the program.  Doctors would keep regular patient medical records.

Thirty years ago filing insurance paperwork cost doctors 15-30% of their revenue.  Today it’s 60%+ with more to be needed for Obamacare paperwork. (Business Insider, 5/29/13). Virginia already self-insures 3,400 physicians for care they provide in free clinics with no law suits pending.

McAuliffe claims the Feds will cover 100% of Medicaid costs for three years and 90% thereafter.  Recall Obama and Mark Warner’s prior failed promises: “You can keep your own insurance,” and “you can keep your own doctor.”

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control found in their 2011 National Medical Care Survey that 31% of doctors would not take new Medicaid patients.  The 2012 Jackson Healthcare Physician Practice Trends Survey found that 36% of U.S. doctors will not take new Medicaid patients. A NEJM study (6/16/11) of Cook County, Illinois doctors found that “Overall, 66% of Medicaid-CHIP callers…were denied an appointment as compared with 11% of privately insured callers…” after women posing as mothers of pediatric patients with common health conditions made calls to identical clinic staff for appointments 30 days apart using the same script but identifying Medicaid or private insurance as payment.

So, a Medicaid card will not guarantee medical care for the poor.

Terry McAuliffe claims that “if we don’t accept money it will simply flow to other states.”  This is not true.  Virginia’s “share” of Medicaid expansion money (our federal taxes) is based on a formula.  For 2016, Congress allocated $372 Billion for Medicaid for all 50 states, with $1.5 billion for Virginia.  If every other state rejected expansion, Virginia would not get the entire $372 Billion.

McAuliffe has reappointed Governor McDonnell’s Secretary of Health, Dr. Bill Hazel, who has been working to expand Medicaid since passage of Obamacare in 2009.  McAuliffe said, “’I am confident that Secretary Hazel will be the best steward to help me carry my agenda forward and meet the challenges we face when it comes to health care in this commonwealth.”

The Obama Administration has cut from $500 million to $1 billion in reimbursements to VCU and UVA for hospital care for indigents.  The news of the VCU/UVA funding shortfall came from Health Secretary Hazel on the same day Terry McAuliffe announced he wanted Hazel to stay on as Health Secretary.  Terry McAuliffe would not be seeking to re-appoint Sec. Hazel if he were not also fighting for Medicaid expansion!

Medicaid expansion may not significantly improve health. In 2008, Oregon expanded Medicaid for low-income adults.  Two years later, The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) reported (5/2/13) “…Medicaid coverage generated no significant improvements in measured physical health outcomes in the first 2 years, but it did increase use of health care services…”   Those words come from the authors of the article, not me.

Science magazine [1/2/14] further analyzed Medicaid usage of patients enrolled in the 2008 Oregon Medicaid expansion.  The author’s summary reported on 25,000 Medicaid lottery participants over an 18 month period.  “We find that Medicaid coverage significantly increases overall emergency use by 0.41 visits per person, or 40 percent relative to an average of 1.02 visits per person in the control group. We find increases in emergency-department visits across a broad range of types of visits, conditions, and subgroups, including increases in visits for conditions that may be most readily treatable in primary care settings. …  A back-of-the-envelope calculation, using $435 as the average cost of an emergency room visit suggests that Medicaid increases annual spending in the emergency department by about $120 per covered individual.”

In other words, because it is harder and harder for patients to receive primary medical care in private doctor’s offices, Medicaid eligible patients are going to hospital ER’s for primary care at a rate 40% higher than non-Medicaid patients.

Because doctors fear lawsuits, many doctors practice “defensive” medicine which consists of ordering medical tests and treatments which shield a doctor from liability, but which may offer little or no benefit to the patient. This drives up general health care costs as well as tax-funded Medicaid and Medicare programs.

An AMA published survey, answered by 65% of 824 Pennsylvania doctors (emergency medicine, general surgery, orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, obstetrics/gynecology, and radiology) found:  “… 93% reported practicing defensive medicine. … such as ordering tests, performing diagnostic procedures, and referring patients for consultation, was very common (92%).  Among practitioners of defensive medicine who detailed their most recent defensive act, 43% reported using imaging technology in clinically unnecessary circumstances. … Defensive practice correlated strongly with … perceived burden of insurance premiums.”  JAMA. 2005 Jun 1;293(21):2609-17.

As more and more Doctors consider leaving the medical profession over Obamacare requirements, HB 39 can remove the burden of insurance claims for care provided by charity doctors, a significant factor increasing health care costs across the board. Relieved of that burden, doctors will be able to exercise their best clinical judgment, and not order tests to avoid litigation.  Doctors under HB 39 will have no incentive to encourage behavior that produces repeat pathologies, where voluntary behavior and not genetic history, social condition or accidents, is the major causative factor in illness or subpar health.

Doctors serving the poor through charity care will not waste time with Medicaid. Physicians who treat the poor without charge will have their reputations enhanced, and attract more paying patients. Non-profit groups or churches will be better able to direct only the truly needy to their affiliated clinic doctors resulting in true patient-centered care by physicians delivered in the local community.

The drawback for some politicians may be the absence of political payback votes.  In other words, instead of converting citizens into government dependents, the indigent will remain free men and women not beholden to anyone or expected to vote for a particular political benefactor.

HB 39 has the potential to take us back to a medical care delivery model that preceded Lyndon Johnson’s so-called Great Society which bureaucratized Charity by creating government programs and agencies with employees who relied upon the indigent remaining so in order to keep their jobs.
Thank you for your support!

P.S. Without your urgent calls, emails and contacts to the above committee members, we will certianly not be able to cut costs and serve those who are most vulnerable among us.


On Your Side Investigators: Lawmakers tackles cell phone tracking

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -
Your phone isn’t just a phone anymore, it’s also a tracking device. Police are dialing up the cell phone companies more and more, often asking for specific information – like a user’s whereabouts or even a call log. Under current law, they do not need a search warrant.

The top cell phone companies revealed they’d responded to 1.3 million law enforcement demands for subscribers information. The On Your Side Investigators uncovered how Richmond, Chesterfield and Henrico County all use the tactic.

Republican delegate Bob Marshall says it’s got to stop.

“Just keep stepping around this, like some people want to do too often, is to jeopardize your life and your liberty,” said Marshall during a phone interview.

Marshall has introduced a bill that would require cell phones to be considered tracking devices. Police would need a warrant from a judge before phone companies hand over location data.

Read the full article here.


Medicaid Expansion is coming in Virginia….

Dear Friends,

I have introduced three bills to address the growing disaster of Obamacare, as regards Medicaid expansion, Obamacare insurance salesmen sign-up organizers called Navigators, and keeping your previous insurance plan.  This alert discusses HB 39, to provide healthcare to the indigent without expanding Medicaid.

Medicaid Expansion Will Be Pushed in Virginia
Democrat Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe wants to add 425,000 recipients to the already 1,000,000 recipients on Medicaid arguing that 30,000 jobs will be added to Virginia’s economy.  Medicine should be about improving health.

Some businessmen and “moderate” Republican State Senators want to expand Medicaid because they want the promised 100% of federal funding (first three years) and jobs (political patronage?).  Federal funding is not free money.  It comes from “We the Taxpayers” whose tax burden continues to escalate.  They also believe Virginia can exit out of Medicaid expansion if the feds do not pay the 100%.  They fail to cite any legal authority in the Obamacare law or published regulations for support to back out after expansion.< During the Governor’s race, Terry McAuliffe twice said he would not vote for a Budget unless Medicaid expansion was included.   It is unclear if the Republican Speaker of the House would risk what will be painted in the media as “stingy Republicans” shutting down Virginia’s government over Medicaid expansion, despite such a shutdown being Democrat Governor McAuliffe’s decision. Read more


Thank You!

I have been proud to serve the citizens of the 13th district for the last 22 years and I am so thankful for your support for another term!  This was a very tight race and I appreciate so much the hard work of my family, friends and all of my volunteers and supporters.

Over the next two years I will continue to fight for my constituents to improve transportation, keep taxes low, protect our Constitutional rights and family values and stop Federal intrusions into our state government.

Thank you again for your support!

Sincerely,

Signature

Delegate Bob Marshall


GOTV Events Saturday!

Friends, I will be having Get-Out-the-Vote events this Saturday, November 2nd at 11:00 in Manassas and at 2:30 in Haymarket. Liberals are dumping massive amounts of money into my opponent’s campaign so I need all the help I can get. If you can attend either of these events please RSVP to Claire@delegatebob.com. Thank you for your support!

Manassas Lit Drop
Time: 11:00 AM
Date: Saturday, November 2
Meet Location: Tony’s New York Pizza, 11674 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas, VA 20109
We will meet back at Tony’s at 1:30 for pizza on me.

Haymarket GOTV Door-Knock
Time: 2:30 PM
Date: Saturday, November 2
Meet Location: Haymarket McDonald’s 6740 Leaberry Way, Haymarket, Virginia (corner of 15 & Washington St.
We will meet at the Penn Station Subs, 6424 Trading Square, Haymarket, VA 20169 (Walmart Shopping Center) at 4:30 for subs on me!
RSVP to Claire@delegatebob.com


“There They Go Again”

My latest ad outlining the misrepresentations my opponent and Terry McAuliffe are putting out about my legislation! The legislation is HB1, the so-called Personhood Bill that State Sen. Charles Colgan (D., Manassas) and I pre-filed in the 2012 session of the Virginia General Assembly so parents could recover ?wrongful death? damages if their pre-born child was killed in an accident. The House of Delegates approved the bill, 66-32, but it died in the State Senate. Please share with your friends!


The Truth About Birth Control

In both the statewide campaign for Governor and more recently in an ad my opponent put out there have been accusations that a bill I sponsored in 2012, HB 1, would have restricted birth control access. THIS IS NOT TRUE!

HB 1 was based on a Missouri statute which has been on the books for more than 20 years and which was reviewed by the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court declined to overturn this portion of the law specifically because it did not challenge Roe v. Wade or affect contraception in any way. Again this law has been on the books for 20+ years and it has not affected access to contraception, abortion or assisted conception in Missouri at all.

The language of the bill was designed to recognize the personhood of an unborn child to create a cause of action for a wrongful death suit for a pregnant mother in a case where someone deliberately or accidentally took the life of her unborn child in a situation other than an abortion. At the time Virginia was one of a handful of states that did not have a law on the books to do this.

My opponent and other statewide candidates have been less than truthful about my legislation. I have never made a pretense about my positions on the issues, so if you want a candidate who will be honest and straight forward vote for me, November 5th!

HB1


Del. Marshall files suit against Northern Va. Transportation Authority

State Del. Bob Marshall (R-13th) filed a complaint in Fairfax County Circuit Court Thursday charging that the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA) failed to adhere to state law when it approved for funding a list of more than 30 transit projects last month.

At the crux of the case, Marshall said, is a Virginia statute that requires the authority to demonstrate how the projects will relieve congestion. With many of the recently-greenlit initiatives, the delegate said, that hasn’t been shown.

According to the section of Virginia Code noted in Marshall’s suit, the authority “shall give priority to selecting projects that are expected to provide the greatest congestion reduction relative to the cost of the project and shall document this information for each project selected.”

The question, it seems, is whether “shall give priority to” is a mandate.

In a prepared statement, Marshall said the NVTA “has failed to provide adequate and convincing documentation.”

“Their bond quality I am reliably advised will be low-grade, high-interest,” Marshall said. “Furthermore, projects that are seriously needed have been ignored while projects that will do little to help relieve major traffic congestion will be funded.”

Read the full article at the Loudoun Times Mirror


House of Delegates Page Program Application Period Now Open!

 

If you know a 13 or 14 year old who might be interested in becoming a House of Delegates page now is the time to apply!  Applications for the 2014 House of Delegates Page Program are now being taken by the Speaker’s office and must be received by no later than October 28, 2013.  If you or someone you know is interested in this program, please have them check out the website here for more information!  For the first time this year applications can be accepted online .  You must receive a letter of endorsement from your delegate to apply so if you reside in the 13th district please contact me at delbmarshall@house.virginia.gov.



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