I was on a conference call today with Governor Bobby Jindal and former Governor Tim Pawlenty; they are both currently on a bus tour of Pennsylvania and Ohio for the benefit of the Romney campaign. We had an opportunity to ask questions; and, seeing as these two states are both Republican-controlled (due at least in part to the 2010 backlash against Obamacare), I asked Governor Jindal about whether he had some advice to the state governments about signing up for the proposed expansion of Medicaid, now that it would be voluntary on the states' part.
Governor Jindal's advice was, essentially: don't. Audio below:
To summarize the Governor's response - and with the caveat that Jindal doesn't actually want to tell other states what to do - Louisiana will not signing on to the Medicaid expansion, for three reasons:
- It will add a 3.7 billion expense over first ten years for Louisiana taxpayers alone.
- It will remove 100, 000 people from private insurance and putting them into Medicaid.
- It will not in fact even create jobs; it will just create a new entitlement program.
Which... makes sense. Goodness knows that the deceitfulness of the Obama administration's Medicaid expansion plans is pretty much matched by an equal deceitfulness from them pretty much everywhere else.
Moe Lane (crosspost)
PS: Obamacare is a tax. If you are a Democrat who has a problem with that, then take it up with the Supreme Court.