[StBernard] IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Bobby Jindal - Medicaid Expansion Bad For LA

Westley Annis westley at da-parish.com
Mon Apr 22 11:54:53 EDT 2013

Obamacare's Medicaid Expansion: Bad For Louisiana

Medicaid Expansion Bad For Louisiana
By Gov. Bobby Jindal

"This week, the Louisiana Legislature will begin debating legislation that
would force Louisiana to expand Medicaid as part of President Obama's health
care law. It's a bad move for Louisiana taxpayers.

President Obama's Medicaid expansion could cost taxpayers in Louisiana $1.7
billion over the first 10 years of implementation, and the cost will
continue to rise. Additionally, the percentage of state funds spent on
Medicaid has nearly doubled over the past 16 years and expanding the program
could further threaten funding for higher education, transportation, and
other critical services.

By expanding President Obama's health care law, 41 percent of Louisiana's
population would be dumped into Medicaid. Soon there will be more people
riding in the cart than people pulling the cart. The president is gradually
turning the world's greatest health care system into the world's largest
welfare system.

There's too much uncertainty in President Obama's health care law. The
President promised that if his law passed, health insurance premiums would
go down. Instead, people are seeing health care premium increases. A study
from the Society of Actuaries indicates that health insurance premiums will
likely increase by 32 percent for individual and small group policies as a
result of the president's health care law.


We know there is a better way. That's why we've expanded access to care at
hospitals across the state through innovative public-private partnerships so
that more people can access the quality care they need."

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