2014 Annual Convenvtion

Virginia Young Democrats

Annual Convention 2014

Join fellow Virginia Young Democrats for the Annual Convention and Awards Banquet, March 21-23, 2014, in Richmond, Virginia.

To register, make a contribution, and for more information, please visit the convention website here.

Has your club submitted their charter for 2014? Click here to submit a club charter.

Electing Democrats, Not Spreading Rumors

For Immediate Release
James Lewis

Getting Dems Elected,

Not Spreading Rumors

The Difference Between Young Democrats and College Republicans

Virginia – October 10, 2013 – News Release –This week, the College Republican National Committee is out with their newest deadpan attempt at political activism – a video in the style of MTV’s popular Catfish: The TV Show.

“Frankly, it might be the silliest attempt at winning votes for Cuccinelli I’ve seen in recent months,” said Virginia Young Democrats (VAYD’s) spokesman, James Lewis. “They are trying to frame Terry McAuliffe as an online creep when the real creep is Ken Cuccinelli and his desire to be in the bedroom of every Virginian.”

Some have questioned the Virginia Young Democrats concerning a counter-ad buy. There are no plans to directly address the ad with paid media.

“Instead of making videos not fit for YouTube, the Virginia Young Democrats are knocking doors and making phone calls to help elect Terry and the entire Democratic slate,” said Jarrod Nagurka, political director for the Virginia Young Democrats. “You win elections by talking to voters and making person-to-person connections. That’s what VAYD is about and what Terry’s campaign has been about – the people of Virginia.”

According to media coverage, the ad buy is expected to reach 1.5 million specifically targeting young ladies between the ages of 18 and 26.

“This ad isn’t going to have any effect on young women,” said Roma Moradian VAYD Women's Caucus Chair.“Young women will be voting against Ken Cuccinelli because he’s clearly ignorant on women’s issues and a poor excuse for a comedic political ad isn’t going to change Cuccinelli’s anti-women record and positions.”


Join Us!

Join members of Virginia Young Democrats and the Mid-Atlantic Region of Young Democrats of America for a campaign invasion on behalf of our Democratic statewide ticket, and VAYD targeted races. Invasion candidates include Jennifer Boysko for Delegate, John Bell for Delegate, Terry McAuliffe for Governor, Ralph Northam for Lt. Governor, and Mark Herring for Attorney General. To sign up, and receive updates, for this invasion click here.

View the Facebook event here.

From An OpEd in The Roanoke Times

Obamacare Is The Story of Me

Andrew Goodwin

by Andrew Goodwin | Goodwin is the Health Policy Caucus chair of the Virginia Young Democrats, former Barbara Jordan Fellow at Kaiser Family Foundation and former Health Policy Fellow in the Office of U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee.

I graduated from college in the spring of 2009 and arrived in Washington, D.C., with very little understanding of politics, the federal legislative process or health care policy.

That summer, I would dive into what was arguably the most politicized Congress in modern history at the height of the historic health reform debate.

Since passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in 2010, the federal government has been implementing portions of the law. Provisions include the option for young people to stay on their family’s insurance plan until the age of 26. Children can no longer be denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition. This year and in 2014, consumers will experience the start of more benefits, including competitive shopping for coverage and anti-discrimination protections for adults with pre-existing conditions.

These provisions affect me directly. I’m 26 years old with a master’s degree and, until the marketplace coverage starts on Jan. 1, I am one illness away from a financial crisis.

VAYD Celebrates Affordable Healthcare Exchanges

For Immediate Release
James Lewis

Virginia Young Democrats Celebrate Opening Of Affordable Healthcare Exchanges

Richmond, VA – September 30, 2013 – News Release –Tomorrow, the Virginia Young Democrats will celebrate the opening of the healthcare exchanges under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office estimates that 27 million Americans will use these exchanges by 2018 to purchase affordable and competitive health insurance.

“These new exchanges will offer access to affordable and competitive healthcare for thousands of Virginians, especially young professionals that are unable to purchase insurance through their employer,” said Gonzalo Aida, president of the Virginia Young Democrats. “More than 840,000 Virginians are currently uninsured and these exchanges will offer access to coverage at a reasonable price.”

The Virginia Young Democrats stand with the Affordable Care Act and look forward to its full implementation.

“If Virginians knew more about the law like that 3 million Virginians can no longer be denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition, including nearly 500,000 children, we’d have near universal support for the law,” said Andrew Goodwin, the Health Policy Caucus Chair of the Virginia Young Democrats.

What They Said: The Affordable Care Act

We've been hearing from our Virginia elected officials in preparation for the opening of the ACA Marketplace. Read on to learn more about what they're saying.

A project of the Virginia Young Democrats Health Policy Caucus.

"No one - even young people - plan to get sick or hurt, but most people will need medical care at some point. Health insurance can help out when that happens. As part of the Affordable Care Act, starting October 1, Virginians will have the opportunity sign up for health insurance available through a "marketplace" or exchange. You will have access to plans that are affordable to you, and ensure you are covered for what you need, and you can even enroll in an inexpensive catastrophic plan - one that will only kick in should you get really sick or hurt. Taking care of your health, and ensuring you are protected in the case of illness - or even if you need to see a doctor - is important no matter your age."

U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner

"With open enrollment for health insurance coverage beginning on October 1, 2013, individuals will be able to apply for coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Designed to make buying health coverage easier and more affordable, the marketplace is a great option for young adults in Virginia. I encourage young Virginians to compare all of their options and enroll in the coverage plan that is the best fit for them."

"I support the Affordable Care Act as an important first step toward putting patients in charge of their own health care decisions and slowing the growth of health care costs. We are already seeing its impact on young Virginians. As of December 2011, the National Health Interview Survey found that 3.1 million additional young adults, including 66,000 in Virginia, have insurance coverage due to the provision in the Affordable Care Act that allows individuals to remain on their parents’ insurance plans until they turn 26. Because of the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies are prohibited from denying care to those with pre-existing conditions and preventive services like routine cancer screenings and regular wellness visits no longer require a copay. While the Affordable Care Act is already delivering positive results for Virginians, more work needs to be done to lower costs and expand access to care. I look forward to working with lawmakers from both parties, as well as members of the business community, to strengthen this important legislation."

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine
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