Republicans quash statehouse Dems' Medicaid stunt

Earlier today, the state House Committee on Health and Welfare defeated an effort by Louisiana Democrats to expand the state’s Medicaid enrollment under Obamacare.


This was the third unsuccessful attempt to advance Medicaid expansion in the state legislature this session. Failing once again to grasp President Barack Obama's significant unpopularity in Louisiana, Democrats this time used an Obama campaign video to make their case to expand Medicaid. Expanding Medicaid under Obamacare could end up costing Louisiana more than $2 billion over the next 10 years.

“Voters know better than to buy the same stunts from statehouse Democrats,” LAGOP Executive Director Jason Doré said. “Republicans today stood up for fiscal sanity and Louisiana taxpayers by defeating this misguided political ploy. This issue has been tried over and over and the facts remain the same: expanding Medicaid under Obamacare is simply the wrong answer for Louisiana.

"Going forward, we need to focus on real solutions to ensure Louisianans have access to high quality health care instead of playing politics with the issue. Putting more and more Louisianans on to a government-run health care system and exposing the state budget to massive cost overruns makes no sense.”

Posted on May 21, 2014 .