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Toothless hounds at Louisiana Capitol biting into health, medicaid crises

toothless-houndsWhat are our lawmakers (and our fourth estate) doing about the Louisiana medicaid and healthcare cuts impacting the state  while the rest of us are at work?

Below is a new-age commentary from the always-incisive  state political watchdog, C.B. Forgotston which he posted on his must-read Forgotston.com

 

 

  Below is some live Twitter commentary by Capitol reporters and my color commentary, during Monday’s Joint Legislative Budget Committee to discuss Bobby Jindal’s cuts to the State Medicaid Program:

Me: Many leges complaining about not being told by Jindal about cutting the public hospitals in districts sold their souls to Jindal for committee chairs. Quit whining.
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Michael Steele (WBRZ): Sen. Thompson wants a model of the Jindal Administration’s plan for medical care. Compared current status to driving car that’s being built.

Me: This hearing is complete waste of our tax $$. Leges don’t have the guts to do anything, but whine.
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Melinda Deslatte (Associated Press): Rainwater says Jindal administration does have a plan, involving new models for health

Me: DUH! Rainwater’s incompetent.
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Deslatte: Rainwater says governor has no plans to call a special session to deal with the cuts.

Me: Without special session leges have zero power. If leges are serious their only alternative is to call selves into session.
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Deslatte: Sen. Sherri Buffington says she’s afraid she’s going to leave health care cut hearing with no details to allay fears or concerns.

Me: She got her per diem. She could have stayed home and sent an email if she wanted info. She got a free lunch via a lobbyist.
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Deslatte: Cerise says scenarios for cuts due to LSU System pres by end of tomorrow. Board members don’t want hospital closures.

Me: Isn’t that like death by strangulation as opposed to death by a throat cutting? End result is same.
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Deslatte: Cerise says LSU board asked for plans that could increase revenue and cut scenarios without hospital closures.

Me: What’s the point? LSU BOS is just rubber stamp for Jindal. Public officials in LA are just serfs in the Kingdom of Jindal.
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Steele: Sen. Thompson: It almost seems like there is a lackadaisical approach to cuts given the economic situation.

Me: This hearing reminds me of a bunch of old, toothless, hound dogs trying to figure out how to eat a bone.
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Steele: Sen. Mills says many of us are only one tragedy away from needing services provided by LSU Health System, wants answers on outpatient care

Me: Fred’s concerns would be meaningful had he been willing to buck Jindal. Just another toothless, hound dog baying at the moon.
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Deslatte: DHH Secretary Bruce Greenstein now up to detail the $523M in cuts.

Me: Does anyone really expect Greenstein to reveal the truth? He’s still waiting for $$ from Tooth Fairy.
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Deslatte: Rainwater says governor has no plans to call a special session to deal with the cuts

Me: Without special session have zero power. If leges are serious their only alternative is to call selves into session.
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Me: Leges really don’t give a damn about budget cuts. They are just grandstanding.
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Me: Meeting on Medicaid cuts ends as predicted. Zero accomplished. Complete waste of tax dollars to bitch about not having enough $$
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Deslatte: DHH Secretary Greenstein says he’ll communicate further details to lawmakers “as soon as we have something worth conveying.”

Me: Translation: Greenstein says “trust me.”

The above is what you missed while you were working hard to making a living to pay the leges to engage in such a waste of time at the Capitol.

C.B.

 

 

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