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Received this e-mail from Senator Mary Landrieu (D. LA) regarding Governor Bobby Jindal (R. LA) and Medicaid Expansion:
When the Louisiana Legislature meets in March for its 2014 session, it will have a critical decision to make: Expand health coverage for more than 240,000 Louisianians or sell them out to bolster Governor Bobby Jindal's credentials for his presidential run.

So far, Governor Jindal has said NO! to expanding health care coverage through Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Now, more than 240,000 Louisianians, or nearly one in three adults who lack health insurance, fall into "the Jindal gap."

Many of these individuals are working 40 to 50 hours per week and raising children, but make too little to qualify for premium assistance in the new marketplace -- but too much to qualify for Louisiana's current Medicaid that covers 1.3 million people. Children, pregnant women and families with income below $2,600 per year are covered, but not hard-working, middle-class families.

Our governor may not like the president, but this is not about the president. It's about the people of our state who have some of the worst health care outcomes in the nation because of nonexistent or poor access to quality care.

Sign my petition to Governor Jindal and the Louisiana Legislature today: Allow Louisiana's working poor to access health care by saying YES to expanding health care through Medicaid.

By saying no to the expansion, Governor Jindal said no to $16 billion injected into Louisiana's economy that would result in nearly 16,000 jobs by 2016. And he said no to health care improvements for many people who desperately need and deserve better care.

The expansion would have saved money for the state budget. At a time when our state is trying every which way to fill deep budget holes, it makes no sense to turn away these savings. But Governor Jindal and the legislature last year did.

Rejecting the expansion of health care saves nobody money. Louisianians' federal tax dollars will still be used to pay for better health care for people in other states -- even those with Republican governors! -- that have accepted the expansion.

Louisiana must accept the Medicaid expansion, as other states with Republican governors have. Sign my petition asking Governor Bobby Jindal and the Louisiana Legislature to say YES to the expansion today.

Many people oppose expansion simply because the president approved it, but this isn't about who gets the best coverage on cable news -- this is about who gets the coverage they need to stay healthy.

Thank you for standing up today,

Mary Landrieu
U.S. Senator

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Originally posted to pdc on Sun Jan 26, 2014 at 03:04 PM PST.

Also republished by Louisiana Kossacks and The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Bobby Jindal couldn't find the "Lagniappe" section (2+ / 0-)
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    Louisiana 1976, bywaterbob

    of the Sunday Paper in New Orleans if they flew him in by helicopter and put it on his seat.

    Pope Francis: the Thumb of Christ in the eyes of the Pharisees.

    by commonmass on Sun Jan 26, 2014 at 03:26:33 PM PST

  •  Sat., Feb. 1 is election day in Louisiana for N.O. (1+ / 0-)
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    cv lurking gf

    mayor.  Sen. Landrieu's brother Mitch is the incumbent mayor and is trying to win reelection without a later runoff in the Sat., Feb. 1 primary. (Everyone runs, regardless of party. If no one gets 50% plus 1 vote, there is a runoff March 15 of the top two vote getters, regardless of party.)  

    The GOP is supporting a Democrat running against Mayor Mitch Landrieu in hopes of embarrassing him and forcing him into a runoff.  If lightning should strike and they actually beat Mitch, then the new mayor, even another Democrat, would be less supportive of Sen May Landrieu in her November 2014 reelection.

    Saturday night's results will thus be important for Sen Mary Landrieu's reelection campaign.

    •  Mitch most probably has it; everyone I've (0+ / 0-)

      talked to is voting for him. He's the best in the field (though that's not saying a lot), and his campaign has not threatened other candidates to drop out (and that's all I'll write about that).

      "You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty." Mohandas Gandhi

      by cv lurking gf on Sun Jan 26, 2014 at 04:22:11 PM PST

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  •  Smart tactic, Mitch irrelevant (2+ / 0-)
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    Mokurai, benamery21

    Mary should continue to beat up on Jindal over medicaid expansion and  other issues that he is vulnerable on. Cassidy has such poor name recognition outside his district and such a milquetoast personality that attacking him would just give him some stature now that he doesn't otherwise have. The public finally got around to realizing how much they hate Jindal this past year and the more this race is about him the better. Mitch's mayoral race is totally irrelevant to Mary's senate race among all voters except those that may also happen to be local pundits. Conventional wisdom is pretty stupid on this one. Sorry if that is too harsh, but Mitch is cruising to an easy reelection anyway and even if Bagneris pulled out a miracle, could someone please explain how that impacts Mary? If you have any familiarity with local politics over the years and have an understanding of how Mary wins each time, you would understand that her very impressive get out the vote effort is self built and self contained and isn't dependent on the Mayor no matter who that person is. Over the past few decades its always the mayor that needs Mary on their side, more than the other way around.

    Patriotism is the last refuge to which a scoundrel clings. Steal a little and they throw you in jail. Steal a lot and they make you king.... Dylan

    by bywaterbob on Sun Jan 26, 2014 at 10:41:17 PM PST

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