Governor Northam issued his final vetoes of the 2020 General Assembly session, vetoing House Bill 795 and Senate Bill 235. These bills would have made it easier for people and small businesses to form health insurance associations to provide health insurance to their employees. Both bills passed during session with large bipartisan majorities. Governor Northam proposed adding reenactment clauses which would have required the bills to pass again next year before they would become law. Both the House and Senate rejected this proposal. In a bipartisan vote, the Senate passed the bill with a veto proof motion, unfortunately, House Democrats refused to go along with this vote, enabling Northam’s vetoes.
Governor Northam vetoed these bills because he wants to force people to use the state ACA (Obamacare) health insurance exchange, which is just too costly for many Virginians and has very limited options for coverage.