Kaine, Northam host ‘Health of the Commonwealth’ roundtable in Norfolk

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam held a roundtable in Norfolk Friday afternoon to talk about health care.

Medical professionals and community leaders joined Kaine and Northam at Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters a discussion about the American Health Care Act.

The group discussed the impact of the Republican plan to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act.

According to Kaine, the bill that just recently passed the House cut $800 billion in funding from Medicaid. The senator said cutting funding to Medicaid is going to hurt kids.

“50 percent of people who get services through Medicaid are kids,” Kaine said. “They either get them in doctor’s offices or hospitals, sometimes through school systems. They have a diagnosed disability and cutting the Medicaid program by $800 billion just hammers kids.”

Kaine said Medicaid cuts would also be bad for seniors.