The Dumbest Decision in Contemporary Louisiana HistoryWhat are the chances that Jindal will do the right thing? Slim to none I'd say. The governor wants to remain pure in the eyes of his Tea Party fans, and anything that involves a link with Obamacare would render him impure. So what if hundreds of thousands of the poor and working class in Louisiana remain without health insurance? The governor's ideology trumps health care.
In less than thirty days, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal will make a final decision on whether he wants to accept, according to a report published by his own Department of Health and Hospitals, as much as $25 billion from the federal government in order to guarantee and expand health care coverage for as many as 653,000 poor and working class Louisiana families and individuals.
"The fiscally, socially, ethically, and morally responsible thing to do would be to accept the Medicaid expansion dollars to which we are already entitled. The fiscally, socially, ethically, and morally responsible thing to do would be to champion and embrace the promise of lifting hundreds of thousands of our neighbors and fellow citizens out of despair and hopelessness, to provide them with the very basic opportunity to access affordable and quality health care. It is profoundly decent, but even more than that, it is also represents the single most important and transformative investment in Louisiana’s workforce in modern history."
A number of Republican governors have set aside ideology and implemented the Medicaid Expansion as a no-brainer because it will not cost the states a dime for nine years and then only 10% of the costs thereafter. In addition, perhaps the governors may have been ashamed to so blatantly put their political ambitions above the welfare of the poor and low income people of their states. Such a lack of compassion in a man who claims to be a Catholic Christian but chooses to ignore Roman Catholic social justice teachings about preferential treatment of the poor is puzzling to me. Has he ever heard or read the words of Pope Francis?
How healthy are the people of Louisiana? Are the citizens of the state so far above the rest of the country in good health that we do not need the Medicaid expansion? Indeed not. There we are in our usual place in the group of least-healthy states, tied for 49th place with three other states.
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