A Louisiana State Senator crying; a black legislator debating a Tea Party representative about helping the poor versus giving tax breaks to corporations;
Supporters of Medicaid expansion rallied on the steps of the Louisiana State Capitol on Wednesday.
The rally proceeded a debate in the Senate Health and Welfare Committee on a bill that would put the decision in the hands of the people on whether or not Louisiana wants to participate in the Affordable Care Act, which is also referred to by some as Obamacare.
Currently, Louisiana does not participate and these people are trying to change that.
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:
Hope for McAllister?
The news is not all bad for Republican 5th District U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister, whose recent marital misdeed of kissing a staffer in his Monroe office is getting mixed reactions from his constituents.
A poll provided Fax-Net by Darrell Glascock of the Glascock Group out of Pineville reveals that 49% of 5th District voters would be willing to vote to re-elect McAllister at this point in time.
Since the introduction of the Affordable Care Act, more than 8 million Americans have enrolled.
Obamacare and specifically the Medicaid expansion have been debated in the Louisiana legislature and throughout the political state capitols over the past few years. In a recent panel discussion at Loyola University, both former Democratic Louisiana governors, Edwin Edwards and Kathleen expressed their opinions that Louisiana should expand Medicaid in Louisiana, a policy the Louisiana GOP and governor Jindal has strongly opposed.
The Louisiana Democratic Party is rejoicing somewhat over two comments by important republican elected officials, which statements might either help or haunt them in the future.
AIDS and HIV patients in Louisiana who have insurance under Obamacare are in danger of losing their coverage as Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana begins rejecting checks over fraud concerns.
One of the major issues arising out of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) debate is its complexity.
As the law’s opponents have often argued, the law is made up of thousands of pages and even more thousands of rules that few have read and which no one seems to understand.