Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Sen. Kaine in Roanoke talks to students at Jefferson College of Health Science

Senator Tim Kaine talks to Jefferson College of Health Science students Monday on effects of repeal of the Affordable Care Act

Senator Tim Kaine talks to Jefferson College of Health Science students Monday on effects of repeal of the Affordable Care Act

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee,  toured the Jefferson College of Health Sciences Monday and met with a roomful of students. The college as part of Carilion is the Roanoke area’s largest employer employing over 12,100 workers.

EMS students

EMS students

Students at Jefferson study to become nurses, physician assistants and occupational therapists.

Sen. Kaine talked with students and took question on how a repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would impact their work, Virginians’ access to care and the local economy.

One think Sen. Kaine would like to correct in the ACA is negotiation of drug prices in Medicare Part D for seniors. “That one change we could make a ton of money both for seniors and for the public treasury in the Medicare program,” he said.

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Sitting down with all the stakeholders like hospitals, doctors and insurance companies rather than the opposing political parties would be the ticket to get healthcare done the right way said Kaine.

Sen. Kaine with Dr. Nathaniel Bishop, President of Jefferson College of Health Science

Sen. Kaine with Dr. Nathaniel Bishop, President of Jefferson College of Health Science

When visited by Vice-President Pence on Kaine’s thoughts on a Supreme Court nominee, Kaine read him the riot act. That being Republicans did not give President Obama’s mainstream nominee a vote. “If you think you can nominate someone outside the mainstream and we’re just going to have to acquiesce to it – that’s not going to happen,” he told Pence.

Though Sen. Kaine came to Roanoke to talk about the challenge to the Affordable Care Act his focus was sidetracked by President Trump’s signing of an executive order barring refugees from 7 countries including Syria. In particular Syrian refugees are barred indefinitely.

DSC07724 webSen. Kaine told the story of a family he met at an event in Blacksburg Sunday evening. A Catholic charity had sponsored a Syrian refugee family to come to Blacksburg a year ago. They are doing fine but were worried about a family of six that were coming in at the end of the week and what was going to happen to them.

“While I came for one reason (the ACA) I am also hearing that many of the residents at Carilion are immigrants who were affected by these orders.”

Sen. Kaine also said, “I think vetting should be intense. I don’t think you should base your vetting on where somebody comes from. You should base it on the individual.”

The family that was scheduled to fly into Roanoke-Blacksburg Airport Thursday is a family that fled Syria from war crimes that Bashar al-Assad committed on his people in 2013. This family has been in a refugee camp in Jordan for almost four years said Kaine.

“If they are in danger from living in their own country we shouldn’t abandon them.”

Students ask questions

Students ask questions

Shortly after attending a noon luncheon fundraiser Sen. Kaine flew from Roanoke to Dulles International Airport where a press release stated that he would speak about his efforts to get answers from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly and Customs and Border Protection officials about the status of travelers being detained at Dulles International and other airports across the country.

The detentions have come as a result of President Trump’s executive order banning citizens of seven ‎Muslim-majority countries, including Syrian refugees – most of whom are women and children – from entering the United States.

At around 6 P.M. in front of the Supreme Court, Sen. Tim Kaine joined House and Senate Democrats, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi as well as refugees and immigrants, to call on President Trump to reverse his recent anti-refugee and anti-immigrant executive order.

Sen. Kaine has opposed President Trump’s cabinet nominees Betsy DeVos to be Secretary of Education, Representative Tom Price to be Secretary of Health and Human Services and Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State.

Sen. Kaine has supported Governor Haley to be Ambassador to the UN and General James Mattis to be Secretary of Defense.

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Posted By Valerie Garner

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