Delegate Ben Cline put forth a bill, HB 2233, (as we reported yesterday), that would have given Virginians the choice to buy health insurance across state lines. This would give us more options to find better, and less expensive, health insurance plans for our families.
The bill was passed in the House of Delegates, 66 to 32. It was then sent to the Senate Committee on Commerce and Labor where it was voted on this afternoon. The first vote on the bill was 7-6 until the Chairman of the Committee, Senator Frank Wagner, voted. He voted against it and the bill failed on a tie. (That vote has not been recorded in the LIS.) The bill has now been “passed by indefinitely”.
Why might Senator Wagner have voted against this bill? It just might have something to do with the health care industry that has contributed $234,275 to his campaign coffers over the years. Just a wild guess.
Once again I must ask, why is Frank Wagner a Republican and why on earth is he running for Governor?