Bobby Jindal Denies Medicaid to 242,000 People, Sues MoveOn for Reporting It
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal — like so many other Republican governors — has refused to accept federal (i.e. Obamacare) funding to expand Medicaid. He's determined to protect the people of Louisiana from the evils of Communism:
“The fight over Medicaid expansion is a microcosm of this president’s push towards centralized government control. We are day by day giving up more and more of our freedoms to an ever larger and more powerful government.”
Because of Bobby Jindal's devotion to his rightwing ideology, 242,000 Louisiana residents will not have access to the health coverage they're entitled to. But at least they'll still have their Freedom.
MoveOn has put up a billboard in Louisiana that says:
“LOU!SIANA, Pick your passion! But hope you don’t love your health. Gov. Jindal’s denying Medicaid to 242,000 people.”
(“Pick Your Passion” is Louisiana's state tourism slogan.)
Louisiana's Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne has issued a Cease-and-Desist order to MoveOn, demanding that they take down the billboard. He claims he isn't going after MoveOn for political reasons; his legal threats are based on the state's trademark of “Pick Your Passion.” MoveOn's use of that phrase might cause confusion among Louisiana residents. Or something.
In response to the State of Louisiana's strong-arm tactics, a MoveOn spokesman said:
“MoveOn will not back down in the face of baseless legal threats. If Republican officials don’t want to be criticized for keeping hundreds of thousands of Louisianans from accessing Medicaid, there’s a simple solution — they should stop preventing Louisianans from accessing Medicaid.
Neither Governor Jindal nor Lt. Governor Dardenne will silence MoveOn members. This billboard is protected by the First Amendment’s guarantee of freedom of speech. Instead of wasting our time and theirs with a pathetic attempt to suppress criticism of the state government, state officials should focus on helping nearly 245,000 Louisianans access Medicaid. If he is truly concerned about Louisiana’s image, Lt. Gov Dardenne’s time should be spent getting people health care, not trying to take down a billboard.”