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Louisiana's Gov. Jindal On ABC's This Week on Sunday To Discuss Obamacare, Romney

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Jindal-Meet-the-pressFresh off a Meet The Press appearance, last Sunday, with former Democratic Presidential candidate Howard Dean, Louisiana’s Governor Bobby Jindal will once again be arguing against President Obama and his healthcare law and in favor of Mitt Romney, but this time on ABC’s This Week. Jindal, this week will be pitted against Governor Martin O’Malley (D-MD).



According to the Washington Post, this is the lineup:

ABC’s This Week: Gov. Martin O’Malley (D-MD); Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA); George Will, ABC; E.J. Dionne, Washington Post and Brookings Institution; Gwen Ifill, PBS; Steven Rattner, former Counselor to the Treasury Secretary and Obama administration Lead Auto Adviser; Mort Zuckerman, U.S. News & World Report

Last week, Jindal sparred with Dean over the healthcare law.

Here are segments of their discussion moderated:

Absolutely. look, this election, this coming election gives American voers a chance. We've got two very different candidates. President Obama has doubled down on this creation of a brand-new entitlement program over $500 billion in medicare cuts, $500 billion in tax increases, $1.7 trillion in new spending we can't afford. We can't afford the programs that we have. He wants to create a new program. There's never been one day a majority of the American people wanted this. He forced this through on a party line vote without one republican vote in support. I think voters --

We have two critical decisions. do we set up exchanges and expand Medicaid? We're not doing either . Makes more sense to elect Mitt Romney and repeal Obama care. This is simply growing government health care. Governments on experts, they say health care spending is going up. CMS actuaries say health care will go up 7% in 2014 as this law begins to be enacted. They did not bend the cost curve down as the president promised. They did not make health care spending more sustainable. We can't afford another entitlement program. We'll have more people in the cart than pulling the cart. We'll go the way of Europe if we don't repeal.


Let's deal with the exchanges. If you don't put in your own exchange, the federal government will run one for you.

Where you pie a program.
Bobby has a choice of having this done for him by the federal government or doing it himself. I think that's a no-brainer. But look, in my state, we have had universal health care for every kid under 18 for 20 years by expansion of Medicaid. In Louisiana, 48th in the country in terms of child poverty, 48th in the country in terms of premature deaths, 48th in the country in terms of industrial accidents and so forth. Just by expanding Medicaid alone, by accepting the president's Medicaid extension, 340,000 out of those 860,000 uninsured people get covered. This is a great deal.
And the federal government pays for 100% of it.

Two things real quickly. On Medicaid expansion, this is a great philosophical difference between republicans and democrats and Mitt Romney and President Obama. You heard Howard say a growing Medicaid grows your state's economy. Look, federal dollars aren't free. Those dollars are coming from us, our children, our grandchildren. We're borrowing money from China to spend on government programs we can't afford. The best thing we can do is help people get good-paying jobs instead of giving them federal programs. We've been under the national rates and averages. Under President Obama, median family income has gone down $4,000. Since I've been governor, it's gone up $2,000. They need better paying jobs to afford health care. I agree we need to reform the health insurance marketplace. I do agree the status quo is not acceptable. I just don't think this expensive, unsustainable entitlement is the solution to our problems .

Read the Meet The Press transcript and watch the video

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