Gov. Bobby Jindal

On the heels of a Kaiser Family Foundation study finding that nearly a quarter million Louisiana residents — poor and working poor — will fall through the crack between the Affordable Care Act insurance exchanges and health coverage through Medicaid, the editors at the Times-Picayune frame Gov. Bobby Jindal’s refusal to expand Medicaid in Louisiana in both moral and economic terms.

It seems pretty clear that Jindal’s refusal to expand Medicaid — Uncle Sam picks up the tab for 100 percent of the expansion for the first three years and 90 percent thereafter — is a craven political calculation designed to burnish his conservative, anti-Obamacare cred for a possible 2016 run at the White House.

Unfortunately, about 242,000 low-income Louisiana residents will pay the price for Jindal’s stubbornness:

That is a hard-hearted position. And it is one that other conservative governors have not been able to stick with. Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett — all Republicans who’ve opposed the Affordable Care Act — agreed recently to take the Medicaid money. The reason is simple: It’s good for the people they serve. Gov. Jindal ought to add his name to that list.
Read the editorial here.

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