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Road-warrior Jindal's office for rent to help pay for Louisiana healthcare
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Jindal-smileTVOn the road again

    One political wag put it this way: If the state needs money real bad, why doesn’t it rent out the 4th floor of the state capitol since the governor is never is his office?”  (The governor’s office is on the 4th floor).

    Point taken.  Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal is on the road again.  This time, he is one of two vice presidential wannabes joining presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s campaign on his bus, following  President Obama’ bus around several states.

 

    But before starting his journey, he was quick to reveal that he will not implement any part of the Affordable Care  Act, referred to as Obamacare, recently declared constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court, even though conservative Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the majority opinion.

    That decision will cost Louisiana hundreds of millions of dollars in Medicaid money that would be funded 100% by the federal  government for the first two years, then 90% federal after that.

    While on the road, the governor learned that when Congress recently passed a federal highway bill, included in it was the stripping o  hundreds of millions in Medicaid funding for Louisiana.

    Louisiana Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter was a member of the conference committee that hammered out the final version of the bill.  The fact that Vitter did not stop this gutting of the Medicaid system in Louisiana is viewed by some politicos – and some in the media – as Vitter’s way of sticking it to Jindal and Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu of his home state.

    Vitter responded that all members of the Louisiana Congressional delegation fought the Medicaid cuts, but touted the fact that the state will receive billions of dollars for coastal restoration in the coming years, and that achievement necessitated a “yes” vote.

    Whatever the reason, the deep cuts into Medicaid will force the state to place on the chopping block charity hospitals, rural hospitals, hospice care, a breast and cervical cancer program and the rates paid to nursing homes, doctors and other health providers who take care of Medicaid patients.

Campbell: ‘Jindal is a hypocrite’

    Democratic Public Service Commission Chairman Foster Campbell says that Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal is exhibiting “the worst form of hypocrisy” by refusing federal health care assistance for uninsured Louisiana residents.

    “Bobby Jindal and his family live in a three-story mansion paid for by the state.  He eats free, his laundry is free, he has servants and bodyguards and chauffeurs and free travel,” Campbell said.

    He added, “He and his family have access to state-subsidized health care, and yet he denies health care for hundreds of thousands of Louisiana residents who cannot afford it.  It’s the worst form of hypocrisy.”

    Campbell was reacting to Jindal’s declaration that Louisiana would refuse to cooperate in the federal government’s plan to expand Medicaid coverage to the uninsured.

    “We have parishes in the Mississippi Delta where three of every five children live in poverty – the worst poverty in the United States.      Bobby Jindal is turning  his back on these children, just like he did last year when he refused an $80 million federal grant to deliver Internet service to schools, hospitals, and people in these same rural areas,” Campbell said.

    Campbell noted, “He accepted $3 billion in federal aid to balance his budget, but he refuses federal help for health care and economic opportunity.  The inconsistency and hypocrisy of his actions are beyond belief.”

On the road again

    One political wag put it this way: If the state needs money real bad, why doesn’t it rent out the 4th floor of the state capitol since the governor is never is his office?”  (The governor’s office is on the 4th floor).

    Point taken.  Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal is on the road again.  This time, he is one of two vice presidential wannabes joining presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s campaign on his bus, following  President Obama’ bus around several states.

    But before starting his journey, he was quick to reveal that he will not implement any part of the Affordable Care  Act, referred to as Obamacare, recently declared constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court, even though conservative Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the majority opinion.

    That decision will cost Louisiana hundreds of millions of dollars in Medicaid money that would be funded 100% by the federal  government for the first two years, then 90% federal after that.

    While on the road, the governor learned that when Congress recently passed a federal highway bill, included in it was the stripping o  hundreds of millions in Medicaid funding for Louisiana.

    Louisiana Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter was a member of the conference committee that hammered out the final version of the bill.  The fact that Vitter did not stop this gutting of the Medicaid system in Louisiana is viewed by some politicos – and some in the media – as Vitter’s way of sticking it to Jindal and Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu of his home state.

    Vitter responded that all members of the Louisiana Congressional delegation fought the Medicaid cuts, but touted the fact that the state will receive billions of dollars for coastal restoration in the coming years, and that achievement necessitated a “yes” vote.

    Whatever the reason, the deep cuts into Medicaid will force the state to place on the chopping block charity hospitals, rural hospitals, hospice care, a breast and cervical cancer program and the rates paid to nursing homes, doctors and other health providers who take care of Medicaid patients.

Campbell: ‘Jindal is a hypocrite’

    Democratic Public Service Commission Chairman Foster Campbell says that Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal is exhibiting “the worst form of hypocrisy” by refusing federal health care assistance for uninsured Louisiana residents.

    “Bobby Jindal and his family live in a three-story mansion paid for by the state.  He eats free, his laundry is free, he has servants and bodyguards and chauffeurs and free travel,” Campbell said.

    He added, “He and his family have access to state-subsidized health care, and yet he denies health care for hundreds of thousands of Louisiana residents who cannot afford it.  It’s the worst form of hypocrisy.”

    Campbell was reacting to Jindal’s declaration that Louisiana would refuse to cooperate in the federal government’s plan to expand Medicaid coverage to the uninsured.

    “We have parishes in the Mississippi Delta where three of every five children live in poverty – the worst poverty in the United States.      Bobby Jindal is turning  his back on these children, just like he did last year when he refused an $80 million federal grant to deliver Internet service to schools, hospitals, and people in these same rural areas,” Campbell said.

    Campbell noted, “He accepted $3 billion in federal aid to balance his budget, but he refuses federal help for health care and economic opportunity.  The inconsistency and hypocrisy of his actions are beyond belief.”

by Lou Gehrig Burnett, Publisher of Fax-Net


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