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Peace for 97th District

Editor, Times-Dispatch:

Medicaid and Medicare are two different government programs that provide health care benefits to qualified individuals. Medicare is a federal program, while Medicaid is managed jointly by the federal government and individual state governments. Medicaid is the nation’s public health insurance program for people with low income. The program covers 1 in 5 low-income Americans and plays a central role in our health care system.

Since the federal government pays for part of Medicaid in each state, why would Virginia’s lawmakers want to deny a health plan to thousands of Virginia’s low-income families? It is hard to believe that the Virginia Republican Party kicked Delegate Chris Peace, who has represented the 97th House District for 13 years as a Republicans, off the ballot because he committed the unforgivable act of betrayal in the eyes of rank-and-file Republicans with his 2018 vote for Medicaid expansion.

I have known Peace for many years and worked with him when he was executive director of the Historic Polegreen Church Foundation. Peace is very intelligent, a great speaker and a man of great character. He has vast experience of how our state government functions and has served on many state committees. Most voters in the 97th House District respect Peace for who he is and what he stands for. I hope he will never give up and he will win in November because everyone knows how he was thrown under the bus by the Virginia Republican Party. I hope his many friends will bring him a win as a write-in candidate.

Roger Dickinson.

Richmond.

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