Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell presides over a state that is suing the federal government over health reform, and over a state that he proudly announces is now getting $2 million in new funding from that same health reform law.
"This funding will be of enormous aid in helping Virginians keep their loved ones in their home as long as possible and provide greater options for both aging adults and adults with disabilities," McDonnell said in a press release yesterday. The governor backs Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's lawsuit to overturn health reform. In March, he signed a bill into law that attempts to shield Virginians from the mandate to buy individual health insurance.
McDonnell's office defended the governor's announcement, which did not mention the health reform law as the source of the money. "The governor opposed federal health care reform, and still does," spokesperson Tucker Martin tells the Washington Post. "But he's not going to stop funding important programs for seniors and people with disabilities just to prevent Democrats from playing politics. That's the difference between Richmond and Washington. Down here, we actually are focused on getting things done."
Next up for the governor: Speaking at the Virginia Tea Party convention tomorrow. The schedule lists the three top officials in Virginia, Governor McDonnell, Attorney General Cuccinelli and Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling.