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1 Healthcare Conversations Vicky Goode Shelly Smith Rebekah Carmel Jane Von Gaucker Sarah Craig

2 Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse   Senator Whitehouse’s Bio   Senator Whitehouse on Health Care  ?id=d f-4df34efbc6f4 ?id=d f-4df34efbc6f4

3 Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli   Virgina Attorney General Cuccinelli’s Bio  eet-ken eet-ken  Attorney General Cuccinelli on Health Care  ealthcaredecision  WY_gU_gw&feature=related WY_gU_gw&feature=related  nKWXR37Q nKWXR37Q

4 Role Definition RI Senator Whitehouse VA Attorney General Cuccinelli Chief legal officer for the State Protects the rights of all citizens of the state: including enforcement of health, safety and consumer regulations; educational outreach programs and protection of the rights of the elderly and disabled Primary healthcare responsibility: Medicaid control fraud unit (MCFU), largest sector

5 MCFU  The Virginia Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU)investigates allegations of fraud by medical providers receiving payment from the Commonwealth’s Medical Assistance Program (Medicaid). The Unit also investigates allegations of abuse or neglect of elderly and incapacitated adults receiving benefits through the Medicaid program. Prior to Virginia Freedom Healthcare Act, this was chief healthcare function of the Attorney General’s office

6 Why run for public office? RI Senator Whitehouse VA Attorney General Cuccinelli Prior to being elected Att General in 2010, was Senator from Fairfax, states, “I did not run for office to make friends.” Eager to maximize state rights & minimize role of federal government

7 What are your term goals? RI Senator Whitehouse VA Attorney General Cuccinelli Group Analysis/Comments Dramatically reduce healthcare fraud MCFU “excellent team” of which only 25% lawyers, rest compiled of nurses, investigators, pharmacists…

8 Issue of Healthcare RI Senator Whitehouse VA Attorney General Cuccinelli Group Analysis/Comments Believes that the Affordable Healthcare Act is a “massive expansion of federal government.” Infringement on personal liberty of choice and states rights.

9 The BIG Issue Healthcare Reform….

10 Affordable Care Act RI Senator Whitehouse Group Analysis/Comments

11 Virginia Healthcare Freedom Act VA Attorney General Cuccinelli Group Analysis/Comments 1.No Virginian ordered to purchase health insurance….exception is college students and court mandated (child support) 2.Main effort of the Va Tea Party movement, law passed with bipartisan support 3.Not just about HCR, forbids employer to mandate that employee purchase insurance to be employed 4.VA not the only state with mandate Supremacy clause

12 Healthcare Freedom Act Attorney General Cuccinelli clarifies : “Litigation is about liberty, not healthcare.” Federal law does not trump state law if Federal law is unconstitutional

13 Update on Virginia Healthcare Freedom Act  Case heard by 4 th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond in May 2011  Appeals court is made up of three judge panel randomly selected by computer; in this appeal 2 judges were appointed by President Obama and the third was appointed by President Clinton  Click bell for audio of appeal but 49 mins

14 RI Senator Whitehouse VA Attorney General Cuccinelli Group Analysis/Comments

15 RI Senator Whitehouse VA Attorney General Cuccinelli Group Analysis/Comments

16 Future of Healthcare in US RI Senator Whitehouse VA Attorney General Cuccinelli Group Analysis/Comments As Att General, abandoned his right to vote, gave up legislative seat, therefore deems future in the hands of elected officials

17 Summary

18 Acknowledgements  A special thank you to for arranging our meetings with Senator Whitehouse and Attorney General Cuccinelli


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