McDonnell: Lack of access to health care is ‘just not the case’

Democrats are jumping on a comment made by Gov. Bob McDonnell on “Fox News Sunday” defending Ken Cuccinelli’s effort to challenge the constitutionality of the federal health-care reform signed into law in March.

“The fact is a lot of people that don’t have insurance are getting it right now. They’re not denied in the emergency rooms. They’re generally not denied by doctors. It’s not a pretty system, but the idea that people are not getting health care particularly for critical needs is just – is just not the case,” McDonnell said as a guest on the Sunday news show.

The notion that McDonnell thinks that access to emergency-room care is akin to protections for the 30 million Americans who don’t have health insurance “clearly shows that he and his Republican allies either don’t understand the problem or that they are unwilling to lift a finger to fix it. Whatever the cause, Bob McDonnell is woefully out of touch with the problems faced by Virginia’s working families,” said Democratic National Committee spokesman Alec Gerlach.

“McDonnell’s health care plan is simple – don’t get sick and don’t have an accident. Bob McDonnell is right about one thing however: It’s not a pretty system,” Gerlach said.

The governor’s office did not respond to a request from AugustaFreePress.com for a comment in response to the criticism from Gerlach on behalf of the DNC.

Story by Chris Graham. Chris can be reached at freepress2@ntelos.net.

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