Almost immediately, Kanye Wests’s statement became fodder for the national and international news media, accusing President Bush for not “caring” for tens, if not hundreds, of thousands who lost every one of their worldly possessions, whose homes and cars and offices and schools and churches were inundated and destroyed, whose friends and family spent the final moments of their lives drowning inside their homes or floating, as corpses, down their own neighborhoods.
“George W. Bush doesn’t care about black people, Kanye roared, and even if you’re not a Kanye fan, it was difficult to ignore the reality.
African-Americans were almost exclusively and entirely the victims, and government at all levels and particularly the federal government were embarrassingly incompetent and tone-deaf.
Bobby Jindal holding Gene Mills’s “Gladiator” sword during last week’s Louisiana Family Forum banquet
A few years later, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal refuses federal funding that would drastically open up health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Quoting from The Times-Picayune (bold mine):
Bless them for trying. Dr. Erwin is right — providing Medicaid coverage to more than 200,000 uninsured Louisianians is crucially important.“For those states that don’t accept Medicaid expansion, that means the poorest of our people will not be eligible for anything,” Dr. Erwin said. “They won’t be eligible for insurance exchanges, they won’t be eligible for Medicaid, and they represent right now a real serious problem for our state.”The letter drive, which was organized by the Jeremiah Group, is not the first to attempt to change the governor’s mind. There was a rally on the Capitol steps during the spring legislative session.