I would like to congratulate Sean Lansing, Virginia state director of Americans for Prosperity, for managing to discuss the issue of Republican opposition to Medicaid expansion in the state without once mentioning the 400,000 low-income Virginians who might benefit from the coverage (“Virginia Republicans are prudently rejecting Medicaid expansion,” letters, June 1).

Perhaps he is right that the expansion may someday pose a funding challenge to state legislators, but do the Republicans have so little feeling for their less-privileged fellow citizens that they would deny 400,000 of them better health care to preclude possible difficult budget choices some years from now? Have Virginia Republicans so lost contact with ordinary people that they would openly deny better health care to the lesser-off so they could retain all the tax breaks for the wealthy? If so, I hope the voters of Virginia consign them to the trash heap they deserve.

Mike Kelley, Alexandria