BATON ROUGE, La. - Governor Bobby Jindal was not pleased that President Barack Obama called for Louisiana to accept an expansion of Medicaid in front of what appeared to be a partisan-Obama crowd during his address at the Port of New Orleans Friday.
The governor went so far as to accuse Obama of 'bullying.'
After talking about exports and the need of the country to improve its infrastructure, Obama talked briefly about the Affordable Care Act and the troubled healthcare web site. During that part of the speech, Obama said he wanted Louisiana to expand Medicaid. While not directly mentioning Jindal as the impediment in having Medicaid expanded, he did seem to indicate that not expanding the plan would hurt Louisiana citizens.
It's an expansion Jindal opposes.
'One of the things the Affordable Care Act does allow states to do is expand Medicaid to more of their citizens,' he said. 'Here in Louisiana that would benefit about 265,000 people. Some of the folks that opposed Obamacare, but they did support helping their citizens.'
Friday afternoon Jindal fired off a response:
'We will not allow President Obama to bully Louisiana into accepting an expansion of Obamacare,' he said. 'We have rejected Obamacare's Medicaid expansion in Louisiana because it would cost Louisiana taxpayers up to $1.7 billion over the next ten years and move nearly 250,000 Louisianians from private coverage to Medicaid.
'The disastrous rollout of Obamacare is a case in point that we don't need top-down, one-size-fits-all federal mandates, and instead should continue to focus on health care solutions that make sense for Louisiana.
'Obamacare needs to be repealed. The dysfunction of the website and the President's broken promises on being able to keep your health plan are just the tip of the iceberg in regards to the problems with this law.'