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Cuccinelli's Gift Giveaway To Free Clinic Only Highlights His Health Care Hypocrisy

September 10, 2013

Crossover Healthcare Ministry provides health care to working poor who don't qualify for Medicaid because Cuccinelli and allies block expansion

Today, Ken Cuccinelli finally caved to public pressure and announced he would donate the value of $18,000 in unethical gifts he took from Star Scientific and CEO Jonnie Williams to charity. Cuccinelli will donate the money to Crossover Healthcare Ministry, a Richmond-area free clinic. Crossover Ministry emphasizes on their website their clientele are primarily the working poor who are not poor enough to quality for Medicaid. Cuccinelli has repeatedly and vocally opposed extending Medicaid coverage under Obamacare to provide affordable and quality health care coverage to low income Virginians.

"Ken Cuccinelli is using the great work of Crossover Healthcare Ministry to whitewash the numerous ethical lapses he has long refused to fix," said ProgressVA Executive Director Anna Scholl. "If Cuccinelli was serious about helping the working poor in Virginia access health care coverage, he would support expanding Medicaid to provide low cost health care to up to 400,000 Virginians. The mere fact that Cuccinelli received more in gifts from Jonnie Williams than some clinic clients make in a year is a stark illustration of how far out of touch Cuccinelli is with the needs of Virginia families."

Background:

  • Virginia's Medicaid guidelines limit eligibility to individuals making less than $11,000 per year or a family of four making less than $22,000 per year. [Crossover Ministry Medicaid Fact Sheet]

  • Expanding Medicaid in Virginia under Obamacare would provide coverage to approximately 400,000 currently uninsured Virginians. [The Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis]

  • In July 2012, Cuccinelli said on the Willis Report: "Well, look, I'm running for governor in Virginia in 2013 and I'm taking a position as a candidate that we shouldn't do this." [Willis Report, 7/18/12]