DANVILLE, Va. -

The Democrat candidate for lieutenant governor is using his medical background to boost his campaign and support for new health care laws.

Dr. Ralph Northam stopped by the Danville Regional Medical Center on Friday to talk with other doctors about the Affordable Care Act and how it's effecting hospitals.

Northam says Virginia should embrace the benefits from the law and take advantage of it.

For example, he says the Medicaid expansion is an economic driver for Virginia providing necessary money that could be used by other states if not used by health care providers.

He says using his skills as a doctor can help him in Richmond.

"We disagree just like everybody but at the end of the day we have to make decision or else it wouldn't be good for our patients so that's kind of the practice that I've brought into the legislature and I have a reputation for working with both sides of the isle so that's what I'll continue to do as lieutenant governor," Northam said.

Northam is a Virginia senator and a pediatric neurologist in Norfolk.