Placing himself squarely in the “repeal and replace” camp of the internal Republican divide over how to respond to the new health care law, Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA) appeared on Fox and Friends this morning to argue that repeal is possible. Jindal scoffed that anyone would consider keeping the bill, arguing that repeal was the obvious solution in the states. “Only in Washington would they debate whether we should try to repeal this. Of course we should, repeal this.” Jindal exclaimed. “Now is it going to be hard? Absolutely. But It’s not impossible.”
“Certainly we need to replace it. Nobody is arguing for the status quo when it comes to health care,” Jindal added, before offering three “bipartisan” proposals to improve the status quo:
JINDAL: Republicans have offered good, bipartisan ideas, things like making insurance portable across state lines, across jobs. Internet posting of prices and outcomes. Refundable tax credits to make health care more affordable. What we don’t need is this massive expansion of Medicaid…Here in my state of Louisiana, there is legislation in our legislature in a bipartisan basis, for example, to help young adults continue their family coverage. We’re not saying we want to go back to what health care was like before this bill passed. we are saying, however, is that we suggested bipartisan reforms.
Jindal first introduced his bipartisan solutions last year, when at least 9 of his 10 proposals were already part of health reform in one way or another. Now, all three of his ideas are in law. Americans can buy health care across state lines if their state forms a compact with other states, hospitals are required to post prices and outcomes online and individuals and families between 133% and 400% of the federal poverty line will receive credits to purchase coverage from the exchanges.
Incidentally, Jindal also supports the so-called Louisiana purchase provision, which increases the federal government’s contribution to Louisiana’s Medicaid program (it was about to fall because the state’s post-hurricane economic surge temporarily “boosted per-capita income that’s used to measure Medicaid payments”). Jindal personally lobbied in support of the increase in funding and on November 20th issued a statement in which he said, “the (health care) bill is awful, but it’s unfair to criticize Sen. Landrieu or the rest of our delegation for fighting to correct this.”
He is now proposing repealing all of these provisions and replacing them with very similar reforms. Only in Louisiana…