First Lady meets with students, school officials

BRISTOL, Va. - It's the right diagnosis for Virginia -- that's the message from Virginia First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe about Medicaid expansion.

The First Lady stopped at Stonewall Jackson Elementary School Thursday to meet with Bristol, Virginia school superintendent Dr. Mark Lineburg, along with teachers and students.

Virginia lawmakers have been unable to pass a budget because they can't agree on whether to expand Medicaid.

McAuliffe says the closing of Lee Regional Hospital is just the beginning of our health care crisis. "I think about the hospital systems, who desperately need to have more of their patients covered, whose bottom line and very existence is in jeopardy if we don't live up to what we need to do," she said.

The First Lady also pushed the plan at Johnston Memorial Hospital in Abingdon.

Many Republicans say expanding Medicaid will leave Virginia hurting financially if federal money runs out or gets cut.

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