John Fredericks In the News
Here is a simple explanation of Medicaid expansion from radio host John Fredericks:
“I was for Medicaid expansion [during the General Assembly session]. You [Del. Chris Peace] and I were both opposed to it when it didn’t make any sense back in the day, and then when it made sense, when Washington Republicans were proposing the repeal and replace plan that would punish Virginia for not expanding Medicaid and reward all the Republican conservative red states for expanding it — like Arkansas and Indiana and et cetera — they were all going to get funded in perpetuity.
“[Virginia was] going to get a lower block grant so it simply didn’t make any sense anymore coupled with the fact that Medicaid expansion was not for people who were sitting on the dole. It was for working class Americans, Virginians, mainly benefitting those in southwest Virginia trying to work two jobs who fell in between the gap of who could qualify for Medicaid because of lower income but who couldn’t pay for their own insurance so were in the gap.
“Now we’re talking about a half million people who had the opportunity to be funded, and if we didn’t get the money, the money would have gone to California or NY or NJ. So the whole argument is ridiculous. That’s why I flipped because of that and I was in favor of it. So if that’s his [Scott Wyatt’s] only issue, that doesn’t make any sense.” -John Fredericks talking to Del. Chris Peace, John Fredericks Radio Show
The manager of a Richmond radio station that broadcasts a show by Joseph D. Morrissey said he has reached out to state Sen. Rosalyn R. Dance with an offer for her own show, but the senator said she never has received a formal offer for the broadcast.
Not that it would matter, because Dance added she would not accept it, anyway. She told The Progress-Index that she would rather devote her time between now and the primary to knock on doors and talk one-on-one with district residents.
John Fredericks, general manager of Goochland-based WJFN-FM 100.5, said this week he sent a letter to Dance, D-Petersburg, proposing “The Roz Dance Show,” a two-hour talk program that would run Tuesdays to Fridays between April 28 and June 11, the day of the Democratic primary for the 16th state Senate district. Morrissey, a former Richmond prosecutor, and state lawmaker, recently announced he would challenge Dance in that primary for the nomination.
Read the full report from The Progress-Index.
While some never-Trumpers remain, and perhaps some have faded away, most have been converted and show the zeal that comes with such conversions.
His supporters now say Republicans need to bend to Mr. Trump’s brand of populist-nationalism or get left in the dust.
“If you’re a never-Trumper, then the spectacle of Trump’s CPAC is going to convince you that your forlorn party of wars, open borders, big donors and Wall Street has finally come to an end,” said radio host John Fredericks, who was Virginia chairman for Mr. Trump’s campaign in 2016. “This is the new CPAC, and this is the new Republican Party, and it’s America First, and we’re never going back.”
CPAC-goers say part of their reticence in those days was based on the president’s past, with proclamations of support for gun control and abortion rights, coupled with a brash businessman’s personality and a scorched-earth approach to politics.
Read the full report from The Washington Times.
As a challenger, Morrissey could benefit if Northam, Fairfax
“He’s one of the biggest winners in this Virginia Democratic debacle,” Fredericks said. “You have three lame leaders who can’t raise money. They have bigger problems than Roz Dance. Roz Dance is on her own.”
On Monday, Sens. Mark R. Warner (D) and Tim Kaine (D) sought to reassure Democratic lawmakers in Richmond that they would step up to help with fundraising now that Northam, Fairfax
Read the full report from The Washington Post.
President invoked emergency powers after Congress didn’t fulfill
request for $5.7bn to help build US-Mexico border wall.
However, John Fredericks, a syndicated radio talk show host and member of the Trump 2020 campaign advisory board, said Trump’s declaration is justified.
“This is an emergency and the president is ultimately going to be successful in securing about an additional $8bn towards the barrier and the wall that he’s advocated for,” Fredericks told Al Jazeera.
“This is a frivolous lawsuit brought by the 16 democratic states that basically want an open border situation so they can have additional people come into the US – undocumented, illegal and eventually turn into Democratic voters. That’s what this argument is about. Everybody sees through it.
“The amount of illegal immigration crossings with these caravans coming up is increased dramatically. We have gangs, we have violence, we have drugs,” Fredericks added.
Read the full report from Al Jazeera News.
LEON — It’s for real. Culpeper County resident Tina Freitas is running for the 24th District Virginia Senate seat held for two decades by Emmett Hanger, R-Mount Solon.
Freitas, the 40-year-old wife of GOP state Del. Nick Freitas, announced her candidacy Saturday at rallies in Madison and Augusta counties.
Republican radio host John Fredericks, who chaired President Donald Trump’s 2016 Virginia campaign, already has dubbed them a “power couple.” If she is elected, they may become the first husband-wife duo to serve concurrently in the General Assembly.
Read the full report from the Daily Progress.
The Republican Party isn’t immediately positioned to profit from its unexpected good fortune. The GOP’s state affiliate is in shambles, and the Trump campaign, although it has time to ramp up, isn’t entrenched on the ground. That could hinder Republican gains in upcoming elections, even as a Democratic meltdown loosens what appeared to be a liberal vise grip on Virginia voters.
“The state party is in no shape to take advantage of any of this,” said John Fredericks, a conservative talk radio host in southern Virginia who was chairman of Trump’s 2016 campaign there. “But I’m going to make the case to the president’s 2020 team that Virginia is now a winnable state.”
Virginia politics was turned upside down this month when it was revealed Northam’s page on his mid-1980s medical school yearbook included a racist photograph of two people in costume, one dressed as a Ku Klux Klan member and the other wearing blackface. A few days later, Herring admitted to donning blackface as part of a costume, which also happened decades ago.
Read the full report from The Washington Examiner.
It’s a rare moment of optimism for Virginia Republicans at a time when their party is down and out nationally, still hurting from the midterm elections when they lost control of the U.S. House.
“They were facing generational political Armageddon,” said John Fredericks, a conservative radio host who served as chairman of Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign in Virginia. “This all changed in eight days. This is an earthquake. It’s a unique opportunity for Republicans.”
Gov. Ralph Northam came under fire a week ago when his 1984 medical school yearbook page surfaced showing men wearing a Ku Klux Klan robe and blackface.
Read the full report from Politico.
Imagine for a moment that someone in your family experiences a sudden medical emergency. It’s happened to my loved ones. It’s probably happened to someone dear to you.
In that moment, your first reaction is a mix of fear, anxiety, and sadness. And then, in an instant, one thought takes over: The urgency of finding the best care without delay.
When the crisis is over, you feel a sense of relief and gratitude that your loved one received timely, skilled medical care when it was needed.
But sometimes, there’s a post-emergency shock that arrives when people learn the insurance company won’t pay its fair share of the bill for their emergency care.
That leaves the patient on the hook for the unpaid amount. This is commonly known as “balance billing.”
It typically occurs when an insured patient receives care from a health care provider who is not in-network with their insurer.
This year, the General Assembly is considering legislation to protect patients from balance billing. President Trump is also focused on it; he recently called for a solution that shields patients from harm in those situations.
Del. Lee Ware of Powhatan County is leading the way on this issue by carrying a bill to protect patients from the hardship of unexpected medical bills. His proposal simplifies a complicated situation by asking more of health care providers and insurers.
In emergency situations when patients don’t have a chance to check if a provider is in-network prior to treatment, Ware’s HB 1714 establishes a fair standard for all parties involved.
The bill specifies that patients won’t be required to pay an out-of-network provider more than their typical cost-sharing payment (such as an out-of-pocket deductible or a co-pay) for in-network treatment.
Rather than leaving patients on the hook for the balance of an unexpected medical bill, it would require insurance companies to pay an equitable share of treatment costs that are consistent with the in-network value for a service.
Another protection in the bill would apply to patients who seek emergency services believing they are experiencing a serious medical episode that later turns out to be less serious than initially feared. In such cases, an insurance company would be prohibited from denying coverage for a patient’s medical claim after the fact.
Ware’s bill has widespread support. The only significant opposition to it comes from mammoth insurance companies. They prefer HB 2544 from Del. Kathy Byron of Campbell County, which may be well-intentioned but it gives insurers more leverage in balance billing situations.
The idea that a person with insurance should be covered for medical care they receive seems so obvious that you might wonder why this is even an issue.
The fact is, there are several market factors at play.
One is a shift in how people pay for health care services. You may have noticed that more insurance plans have moved from co-pay plans to high-deductible plans with health savings accounts.
The goal of that is to limit insurance costs by shifting them to patients and decreasing health care utilization.
Another consideration is the complex relationship between commercial health insurance and how providers, including physician specialists and the hospitals in which they work, are reimbursed.
Although you might assume that the doctors who treat you in the emergency department are employed by the hospital, the reality is that many of those physicians who specialize in things like radiology and anesthesiology staff the hospital under contract agreements.
The hospitals that work with those doctors want to uniformly be in-network with all the same insurers as the doctors on staff.
Yet insurance companies ultimately determine which providers are in-network and the rate at which they are willing to reimburse providers for services.
That means they have the power to deny insured patients’ claims, to limit patients’ access to providers who aren’t in-network and to set rates that don’t fairly reimburse health care providers for care rendered.
Ware’s HB 1714 is a common-sense solution that protects patients and families from surprise medical bills while respecting the roles that providers and insurers play in the health care delivery system.
And it is in line with the goals articulated by President Trump to bring more transparency and affordability to the health care system.
Read the full report from The News & Advance.