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Landrieu: Jindal an obstructionist on Medicaid

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 26, 2013 at 1:58 pm •  Published: February 26, 2013

Jindal's top political consultant, Timmy Teepell, said Landrieu's strong words were prompted by the governor's request to President Barack Obama a day earlier that he delay implementation of the health care law.

Jindal was pushing the delay as a way to cut federal government spending as deep automatic budget cuts are set to take effect March 1. Obama rejected the idea.

"The governor went to D.C. and told the President that he should delay Obamacare, so Obama sent his top disciple in Louisiana, Mary Landrieu, to attack Bobby," Teepell said.

The potential Medicaid expansion would cover adults making up to 138 percent of the poverty level — $15,414 for an individual or $30,650 for a family of four, according to the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation.

The federal government will cover the full costs of the Medicaid expansion from 2014 to 2016 and pick up most of the price tag after that, requiring states to pay up to 10 percent.

Kaiser estimates it would cost Louisiana about $1 billion over 10 years to expand the program to cover the additional low-income residents. The left-leaning Louisiana Budget Project said the state wouldn't have to put up that additional cash, however, calling it a break-even proposition because Louisiana would save a similar amount that it would otherwise spend on uninsured care over the same decade.

Jindal health secretary Bruce Greenstein said his department hasn't done modeling on what money currently spent on health care services for the uninsured could be used to offset the state's costs of a Medicaid expansion.