Landrieu denounces Jindal's refusal to expand Medicaid
U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu blasted Gov. Bobby Jindal over his refusal to expand Medicaid, denying health care coverage to an estimated 400,000 low-income Louisiana adults. She made the comments in a letter to the editor published Tuesday in the The (Lafayette) Advertiser. Landrieu questions Jindal's motivations for opposing the expansion during the recently adjourned legislative session. She points to a 2008 plan by his office that would have expanded Medicaid in a way similar to the program now being offered by the federal government. "It is clear that political agendas and future campaign prospects got in the way," she writes. Landrieu laments that Louisiana's tax dollars will now go to pay for better health care for people in other states. "By saying no to the expansion, [the Jindal administration] said no to positive economic impacts to Louisiana's economy and health care improvements for many people who desperately need and deserve better care," she writes. "Louisiana's overall national health ranking is 49th. We rank 46th in diabetes, and despite having lower-than-average incidences of breast cancer, we rank 49th in breast cancer deaths. Why? Because women aren't getting access to preventive services they need." Landrieu says she's not giving up on the Medicaid expansion effort in Louisiana. See the full story here.
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