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And he points to Fredericksburg to suggest GOP leaders aren't serious about compromise. McCartney spoke to Mary Washington Hospital executive Frank Rankin.
The local hospital could see $14 million a year for services to the poor under expanded Medicaid — programs that may be in trouble without that federal support. But McCartnery can't get the ear of local legislator and House Speaker Bill Howell, R-Stafford.
“This time, it appears that he is really drawing the line in the sand around no compromise," Rankin told the Post. "It’s a behavior I haven’t seen in the past.”
Howell's office points to the special session offer as proof that discussion can continue on the issue, but not as long as Medicaid is tied to pressing budget talks.