No one knows Medicaid and Medicare better than doctor Mark Berg. Mark Berg was a practicing physician who saw Medicaid up close and personal. He understands what happens when the government interferes in health care. That’s exactly why he chose the difficult path of running in primary against a 22 year incumbent. He wanted to stop the expansion of medicaid and Obamacare into Virginia because Dr. Berg had actually read the entire Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare as it is more commonly known. Berg knew what was coming for Virginians, and how much it would cost. He had the courage to take on a well entrenched incumbent to do everything he could to prevent medicaid expansion from happening to Virginians. Dr. Berg won the primary by 81 votes and went on to win the general election by 30%.
During the last legislative session, his attention to detail would prove invaluable. Berg is an incredibly conscientious delegate who makes a point of reading as many pieces of legislation as possible before voting on them. Before he was elected he spent his time reading up on the MIRC and attending MIRC meetings. Having seen the weakness of MIRC, this was an issue he was focused on during the budget discussions. He saw enough in the budget that allowed Medicaid expansion to vote against HB 5002 when it was first passed. Following the session he spent hundreds of hours analyzing the budget, and digging into budget information, to try to keep Medicaid expansion from happening in Virginia. Over the three months between the original passage of HB 5002 and the passage of the Black amendment, he was the one legislator who worked regularly with The Bull Elephant team. Berg saw what we saw, the budget allowed the Governor to expand Medicaid on his own, without the General Assembly.
The hard work and teamwork of Del. Berg was invaluable in the #BlackorBust movement. In a post on his Legislative Assistant’s Facebook wall, Willie Deutsch, Sen. Black stated,
“This victory is due, in large part, to you and Delegate Mark Berg. I couldn’t have done it without your help. You’re rock stars!”
In a recent fundraising appeal Susan Stimpson expressed similar feelings about Delegate Berg,
Mark Berg is someone worthy of a portion of your hard-earned treasure. He won his seat in the House of Delegates just this past November against all odds. He was up against a popular incumbent who was very much a part of the Inner Ring. He is a quiet warrior. Humble. And very dedicated to doing what is right and what is just. Without his help and knowledge, we would not have been successful in our #BlackorBust effort, where we used our grassroots unity of effort to add transparency to the budgeting process, stopping games that were being played by our leaders to leave a back door open for Medicaid Expansion.”
When leadership and fellow house members were telling Del. Berg and the team at The Bull Elephant that our concerns were crazy, Del. Berg stood strong. He kept asking questions and kept insisting that the questionable parts of the legislation needs to be addressed before Republicans should pass the budget.
It is rare that a Delegate we send to Richmond to fight for the grassroots continues to stand up for us against such pressure. It was an honor to be able to work with Del. Berg in this fight. He is a rare legislator, and the grassroots needs to support him.
There is an important fundraising deadline for Del. Berg coming up on June 30th. A mere two days away. His courage has made him a target. He won his primary by a mere 81 votes. The grassroots needs to send a strong message that they will support a Delegate who stands with them. Please take a moment and join me in making a donation to Del. Berg with a donation of $50.00, $100.00, $250.00, or any amount. There are few races in Virginia this year, and by taking action now we can make sure Del. Berg is in a strong position to win reelection in 2015.
Mark Berg is a rare Delegate, one who represents the people and does what is best for us, even when difficult. He deserves our support. Please consider donating to his campaign, in any amount. Every little bit helps legislators like Mark Berg to remain in office, representing us, the people of Virginia.
June 30th, 2014 is not an “important fundraising deadline” for any Virginia House of Delegates member.
Yes. Really. It’s used only as an advertisement tool to get people to donate money. Nobody gives a damn how much money is raised 17 months from the next election. It’s not a sign of how powerful a candidate is this far out.
Wow. Ok. I had no idea…
I dropped some cash in Mark’s coffers earlier today….who’s with me? Call out your support!
You article is simply not true.
Anyway you slice the pie, the real hero is a faux Democrat. A faux Democrat named Puckett. Without Puckett, there would be no Black or Bust.
Now, we may learn more, and we may not. Possibly give Kilgore an assist, or, assistant hero?
How about a thread commending the real hero?
Marc Berg’s campaign money is coated in big business slim, and screw the middle-class ink. He was a complete failure in the GA, unless you count commemorations. See VPAP.
Jim, count this as a warning. You will need to be more responsible with your comments or you are going to be banned. There have been six people who have complained about you because of the nonsensical nature of many of your posts; the inflammatory inaccuracies (e.g., “Marc [sic] Berg’s campaign money is coated in big business slim [sic]”); and the overall troll nature of 90% of what you write. Please cool it.
i don’t mind his trolling nature as much as his inability to spell
I gave you a plus for that comment!
Why we are complimenting each other, your spelling is first rate, I have to say.
Unlike those who have spent the last 40 years “tickling” a word processor, while sitting at their desk eating a candy bar, or shopping online when the boss wasn’t watching, I spent the last 45 years as a blue-collar worker.
How about we make a little deal? I’ll take full responsibility for my poor grammar and spelling, if you’ll take full responsibility for your poor writing ability?
I appreciate the warning Steve.
I would also like to point out that if memory serves me right, it was Jeanine who posted a comment to me that said people did not get banned from BE? Something to the effect of not being like BD?
I think the comment that you make reference to is totally accurate, based on the VPAP site. I am not sure if I had worded the last part of the comment differently it would have made any difference? Or, was the first part offensive also?
You mite say that I am familiar with the people in that PAC to say the very least, and you and I both know their motive. In no way am I accusing anyone of doing anything illegal.
I think it is long overdue for me to at least investigate starting my own blog. One of it’s sole purposes will be to not just make it bad for business to use profits for a political agenda, but make it VERY bad to do so. If a business wants to change our lifestyle, then we are going to change who we do business with.
I doubt very much that the companies who support these PAC’s will want to be exposed to their client base regarding their political agenda. And, that profits may be used for political purposes clients may in fact detest.
As you can no doubt tell, the Republican Party has really pissed me off. I am 100% certain that you are smart enough to know how and why. It took years, but enough was enough.
Again, thanks for the warning.
Your an idiot. He had no money.. Much less from big business. Your perception as a failure is my perception of a backbone. If more representatives grew one – and stopped taking the money then we would see success in our govt. Like Jeanine wrote – he is one of the few that actually reads and considers before he votes. He is a public servant – unlike the Patsy’s who are serving for all the wrong reasons.
Not sure what you mean since I didn’t edit anything.
Sorry for confusion. Comment
You are welcome to your opinion but I wrote the truth. Every bit of it is true. If you have a valid argument, present it.
Are we talking about the same guy? 29 th District?
1) Why is anyone in the Virginia GA, or government, voting on $egislation that may affect their trade, business, or income? If that is not a conflict of interest, then what is? How do you spell “Corruption”?
2) How does anyone from either party in the Virginia GA or Government deserve the title “hero”? See Dictionary. You got to be kidding?
3) No Money?????? How’s about over $34,000 from the Middle Resolution PAC alone?
4) Regarding the special “coating” of his campaign cash, see who funds Middle Resolution PAC.
*Total Disclosure- I have worked for 2 of the PAC contributors in the past. Another went to the same HS I did, while I was there. And I think it is fair to say another one owns, or has owned, just about everything in the area I live, except maybe the air we breathe? He may also own that?
And then there are the other business donors.
Also, no matter the political party, a freshman delegate is little more than someone who’s a doorman, receptionist, or parks lobbyist’s cars while in session.
I am not sure that they even give them a telephone?
So please, let’s get the facts straight!
Beautiful. I know Mark and Ive knocked on doors with him. Honestly, he’s the real deal and the epitome of a “public servant”. I’m glad he represents me in Richmond. Great article Jeanine.
Thank you Rand. I too am a big fan of your Delegate and his wife.