A tag-team campaign stunt by state Rep. John Bel Edwards and Atty. Gen. Buddy Caldwell might cause some bureaucratic headaches and burn up some taxpayer dollars, but in the end will make no difference to coming changes for health care benefits for state employees, retirees, and some school district employees – and may even hurt their 2015 electoral ambitions.
On Tuesday, September 23, our school-aged son was given a commonly prescribed medication by his physician. My wife attempted to get the pharmacy to fill it. We were shocked and horrified to find that it was rejected by our health insurance: Office of Group Benefits HMO Plan through BlueCross, a health insurance plan for Louisiana public employees.
It's the culture, stupid, not the economy, stupid...
So was the message today as Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal spoke at the Family Research council forum. Below are excerpts of his address:
Everything in Washington is politics and political slogans. A few years back, Bill Clinton ran for president with the slogan: ‘It’s The Economy, Stupid.’
Endorsement US Senate style
The endorsements are beginning to trickle in as the US Senate race elections gets closer.
Earlier this month, the powerful NRA announced its backing of Congressman Bill Cassidy and former Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney will be featured at a Cassidy $500 per person fundraiser on October 3 in New Orleans.
Former Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) Secretary Bruce Greenstein has been indicted by the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office on nine counts of perjury stemming from a lengthy investigation of his involvement in the awarding of a $183 million contract to a company for which he once worked.
Is Maness on the move?
Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, who is running for the U.S. Senate, better keep an eye on his fellow Republican Rob Maness, the retired Air Force colonel who is the Tea Party favorite.
One day after the Jindal administration praised a report by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor regarding Common Core, the Jindal media office circulated an article published in Breitbart supporting the Governor's claim. On Monday, the governor, through one of his education advisors asserted that the legislative auditor agreed with Jindal's primary objection--that Common Core drives curriculum.
The Jindal administration must want the Louisiana voters and presumably the Republican primary voters to believe that a just-released Louisiana Legislative Auditor report supports the governor's already-absurd position on Common Core.
With little fanfare, earlier this month Louisiana released its plan to have health care insurance provided to all citizens. With even less fanfare, the state’s media ignored it because it did not fit their preferred narrative of bigger, more redistributive government.
If further evidence is needed that Kristy Kreme Nichols and Susan West are trying to shovel water with a pitchfork in their efforts to put a good face on the looming changes in the Office of Group Benefits (OGB), LouisianaVoice has learned of more developments that aren’t very pretty and which are sure to only intensify the confusion and indecision accompanying the pending open enrollment period that begins on Oct. 1 and runs through Oct. 31.