Wednesday, 29 April 2015 12:45
Louisiana House committee rejects Medicaid Expansion, again
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med-expansionThe Louisiana House of Representatives voted against the Medicaid Extension legislation HCR 3 associated with the Affordable Care Act and was involuntarily deferred after a lengthy debate.  


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:


Today we take on the film subsidies that have cost our state over one billion dollars and taken money away from other needs such as education. Where do you stand on this important issue?

Posted by Lance Harris on Tuesday, April 28, 2015


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. 


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