One of the more emotional issues during the last years of the Jindal administration has been the Medicaid Expansion. Governor Jindal has opposed the expansion. Louisiana has been one of the states who have not accepted the expansion. The primary argument of opposition has been the ultimate cost to Louisiana and to the US treasury.
The proponents have claimed that it is Louisiana money that is being rejected during the time that the state is suffering from a $1.6B budget deficit.
There has been a lot of intense soul-searching discussion on the issue. Here is just a slice of the testimony over whether Louisiana should take federal dollars and if so, for what purpose:
FROM THE LOUISIANA DEMOCRATIC PARTY
Calling it “a reflection of the growing momentum we’ve been seeing on the ground,” Chris Tyson, candidate for Louisiana Secretary of State, reported yesterday that his campaign had outraised the life-long politician Tom Schedler by nearly 2:1. Tyson reported raising $65,200.92 this quarter, compared to the $34,305.91 reported by Schedler.
“I’m incredibly encouraged by the support our campaign has received from those that care deeply about Louisiana’s future,” said Tyson. “We’ve been working very hard to get our message out to the hard-working families and business owners in Louisiana. We keep hearing the same thing – that our state is on the wrong track, and that Louisianians want a Secretary of State who will protect every Louisianian’s right to vote and create jobs that will grow our economy. That’s exactly what we plan to do.”
Chris Tyson is a Baton Rouge native and the son of the late Clinton-appointed Judge Ralph E. Tyson and Patricia Tyson. Chrisgraduated from University High School before going on to earn degrees from Howard University, the Harvard Kennedy School and Georgetown Law. Chris returned home to Louisiana and is currently a law professor at LSU. Chris, his wife Gia and their three children are active members at Star Hill Church.
La Senate Health and Welfare Committee votes NO to expanding Medicaid under Nevers' SB40 vote of 5-3. #lalege— Rebecca Catalanello (@RCatNola) April 29, 2015
"This week, we're passing a budget that helps the middle class... So we can unleash the potential of American families." -@SteveScalise— House Republicans (@HouseGOP) April 29, 2015