RICHMOND, VA – The Virginia Consumer Healthcare Alliance (VCHA), a consumer advocacy organization of people, businesses, and healthcare groups focused on finding common sense policy solutions to support access to high-quality, affordable healthcare for all Virginians no matter where you live, today released videos featuring Democratic gubernatorial nominee Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam and Republican gubernatorial nominee Ed Gillespie discussing their views on key healthcare issues facing the Commonwealth.
The campaigns for the major party candidates for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Attorney General were provided the same three questions, listed below, and each candidate was asked to record his or her own answers so VCHA could share them with the public and voters prior to Election Day on November 7. Videos featuring Republican gubernatorial nominee Ed Gillespie and Democratic gubernatorial nominee Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam are being released today, with other candidate videos scheduled for release in the coming days. The questions asked are:
1) What do you think is the toughest healthcare policy challenge facing our state government right now?
2) Insurance rates are rising. Pharmaceutical prices are soaring. And high deductible plans requiring more out-of-pocket spending by patients are the new normal. Given all this, please share one specific thing you could do as (Governor/Lieutenant Governor/Attorney General) to help lower health care costs for Virginians.
3) The epidemic of opioid abuse has been declared a public health crisis in Virginia. What specific steps would your administration take to address this growing problem?
“The Virginia Consumer Healthcare Alliance is focused on providing greater insight and understanding about healthcare and giving the public a voice in the dialogue about improving our shared healthcare system,” said VCHA Chairman Chris Saxman. “These videos featuring the major party statewide candidates for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Attorney General are one way we are working to encourage rational dialogue on healthcare. The Alliance is pleased to present these recordings to the public, and we offer our gratitude to Ed Gillespie, Ralph Northam, Justin Fairfax, Jill Vogel, John Adams, and Mark Herring for participating in this project during an active campaign season. The videos will be available online through the Alliance website and through our Facebook and twitter pages.
The videos of both Gillespie and Northam are below: