Governor says it would offset coming budget cuts
Governor Bobby Jindal has suggested that the President delay health care exchanges and the expansion of the Medicaid program to offset automatic budget cuts that are scheduled to take effect March 1.
Appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press" program, Jindal said delaying provisions of the Affordable Care Act would save "billions"...and "you're cutting a program that hasn't even started yet."
Jindal has stood firmly against expanding the Medicaid program in Louisiana.
“Every governor needs to make the decision that's best for their state,” Jindal said. “For Louisiana, this would cost Louisiana taxpayers over $1 billion over the next 10 years.”
“In Louisiana alone, as many as 180,000 people would be moved from private insurance to Medicaid under this expansion. “That doesn't make sense. It is not effective outcomes. It is not an efficient program. We've offered to meet with the president. He has yet to respond to us.”