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Friday, March 07, 2014

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.”

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7 Comments:

Blogger Cirze said...

He copied North Carolina's, Duke Power-Paid-for-28-years, Koch-funded Governor.

They are a free lot.

The rest of us not so much.

But we are free to get very sick.

And to die without medical care as there's no free emergency room care in NC.

Love you!

March 7, 2014 at 2:54 PM  
Blogger Mauigirl said...

I can't stand these hypocritical Republican governors who deny health care to their citizens and then don't want criticism for it.

March 8, 2014 at 9:04 AM  
Blogger Demeur said...

After looking at the ad Bobby doesn't have a leg to stand on. It's a free speech issue.

March 9, 2014 at 10:44 AM  
Blogger Snave said...

Bobby doesn't like the idea of free speech but he does want to be president. Sounds like a bad mix of aspirations and ideology to me. He and his hard right cronies need to all go crawl back under their rock.

March 9, 2014 at 11:48 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Cirze: Jindal is undoubtedly a Kochsucker, along with Rick Scott and the teabag governors of North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

Mauigirl: And on top of that, these governors' own health care is paid for by their constituents' taxes.

Demeur: Jindal probably just wanted to see if MoveOn would blink. So far they haven't.

Snave: Yup, under their rocks would be a good place for them, preferably right before a huge flood.

March 10, 2014 at 5:00 PM  
Blogger Life As I Know It Now said...

Indiana is in the same boat--we have a tea bag governor who denies medicaid expansion to the detriment of many poor Hoosiers. boo-hiss

March 11, 2014 at 7:19 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Life: It sucks that so many swing states have teatard governors and legislators. You expect this in the red states but not in the northern and swing states. I hope some of these teabaggers will get voted out in November.

March 11, 2014 at 7:59 PM  

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