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capitolTomorrow (Aug. 15) is the last day for 24 employees  of the Office of Group Benefits (OGB) but the bad news doesn’t end there, LouisianaVoice has learned.

Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols’ glowing guest column about the condition of OGB in Jeremy Alford’s Louisiana Politics notwithstanding, some 230,000 state employees, retirees and their dependents are in for some serious sticker shock.

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Kennedy-interview2OP-ED by Louisiana Treasurer John Kennedy

The state of Louisiana has "Obamacared" its own employees' health insurance plan.  Here's how.

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landrieu-blueHow important will the Medicaid Expansion provision of the Affordable Care Act be in the upcoming US Senate race?

According to the Opelousas Daily world, the Medicaid expansion of the Affordable Care Act could be quite significant.

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s-OBAMA-JINDAL-largeAccording to a report by Wallet Hub, Louisiana is ranked 3rd worse in providing health insurance to its inhabitants.

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jindal-obamaA week doesn’t go by without Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal taking a potshot at President Obama. The Prez has kept a tight lip and publically ignores Jindal, but it’s obvious from press reports that there is no love lost between them. Despite the animosity, Bobby Jindal and President Obama have a lot in common.

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america-next-jindalYou would have thought that, after months of jawboning and grandstanding and editorializing about how people below the poverty line should receive health insurance in Louisiana paid for by government, when a bill to do this sailed out of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee without opposition that these voices would have sung its praises. But that would have meant these same voices were being intellectually honest about desiring government to aid these individuals instead of putting expanding government power first and foremost.

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landrieu-blueAmYesterday, Bayoubuzz.com published the results of the annual spring Louisiana Poll recently conducted by Bernie Pinsonat and SMOR (Southern Media and Opinion Research). The focus of the survey was the upcoming Senatorial election in Louisiana. Many believe that incumbent Sen. Mary Landrieu’s fate will determine who’s in control of the Senate after the election. Most of the numbers show that this election will be incredibly tough for the three-term Senator.

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Jindal-Meet-the-pressLouisiana and the Jindal administration received a jolt last week that could have serious impact upon state services, the healthcare of its citizens, whether or not Louisiana should accept the Medicaid Expansion money offered via Obamacare, and more. 

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bollinger hangoutAfter the “fake ad” featuring a recreation of a Senatorial testimony, Mary Landrieu received criticism. The searchlight is now again on the Senator after a commercial with Boysie Bollinger giving his support was released. Critical voices claim that Bollinger only supports Landrieu because she has been giving his shipyards contracts, and that after doing the commercial, he expects that the favorable treatment will continue.
There is no doubt that Obamacare has been and is controversial, and Landrieu's support of the healthcare plan is one of the major reasons why she has been attacked by Americans for Prosperity, the Koch brothers, and others. Polls show that Americans are not satisfied with the plan. However, do they want to keep the plan and improve it, or do they want to get rid of the whole plan?
These were the discussion topics in this section of the WGSO-Bayoubuzz radio hangout webcast with Jeff Crouere and Stephen Sabludowsky. 

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oscarAfter the release of the latest Landrieu campaign commercial, the critics are raving. What an incredible performance from a talented actress! 

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