A Louisiana State Senator crying; a black legislator debating a Tea Party representative about helping the poor versus giving tax breaks to corporations;
Louisiana politics revs up today with issues involving Obamacare, Harry Reid, Elbert Guillory (who recently switched from Democrat to Republican), Common Core and dueling press releases from the Cassidy and Mary Landrieu camps..and more.
On Monday, various groups in support of the federally funded Medicaid expansion and removal of what they call the Jindal gap held a Google Hangout webcast. People who fall into the Jindal gap are those who can neither get Obamacare nor Medicaid. This gap, according to several organizations, is caused by Jindal’s refusal to accept the Medicaid expansion.
Today, Sen. Ben Nevers's (D-Bogalusa) SB 96 bill is up for debate in the Louisiana Senate's health committee. Gov. Jindal has rejected the federally funded Medicaid expansion, stating that it would "improperly add people to a poorly-operated government program." SB 96, if it goes through, would allow the people of Louisiana to vote for or against the Medicaid expansion. This topic also came up during the WGSO Radio Show with Jeff Crouere and Stephen Sabludowsky:
Today, NOTMC (New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation) sent out a press release with good news about the tourism and hospitality industry in New Orleans. In 2013, 9.28 million visitors came to New Orleans, a 3% increase from 2012. The visitors spent $6.47 billion, a 4.5% increase from the dollars spent in 2012.