Around the South for Mar. 16: VA, GA & Health

Virginia: Some Catholics oppose McAuliffe in parade. Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) will lead the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Norfolk this year, but some fellow Catholics will not march with him. “Governor McAuliffe stands contrary to the Catholic Church in not one but many of the most essential teachings of the Church in the political arena,” wrote The Rev. Dan Beeman in a letter to his Holy Trinity Catholic Church parishioners, reported by the Washington Post. McAuliffe’s support for abortion rights and same-sex marriage is the main issue ……. Georgia: Rename Russell Building? An academic and his son, David Bennett and Matt Bennett, proposed in an op-ed in the Washington Post on Sunday that the Russell Senate Office Building, named for the late US Sen. Richard Russell (D), be renamed in honor of Ted Kennedy. The segregationist views of Russell, who served in the Senate from 1932 to 1971, are the focus of the Bennett’s opposition ……. Health: Southerners could lose under Court decision. If the US Supreme Court rules against federal-run health insurance exchanges, Southerners could lose more Obamacare subsidies than the rest of the nation, reports the Washington Post. Enrollees in six Southern states (AL, FL, GA, LA, MS & NC) receive more than 88% of their premium charges from the program; in three states (AR, SC & TX) receive up to 88%; and in three other states (OK, TN & VA) up to 84%. In Alabama, for example, enrollees receive an average monthly premium subsidy of $266 …….