LOUISIANA: Bobby Jindal Out, Gov. John Bel Edwards In, 100,000 Residents To Gain Access To Medicaid

Democratic Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards was sworn in yesterday and as Bobby Jindal hits the exit things will immediately get better for the state’s impoverished families. Via Daily News Bin:

Edwards says that he’s signing off on Medicaid expansion this Tuesday. That means at least 100,000 low-income residents of Louisiana will gain access to health care immediately. The Affordable Care Act of 2009 provided federal funding for expanding Medicaid to those who are as much as 38% over the poverty line, but the Supreme Court subsequently ruled that individual states could decline the funds. Jindal was among the Republican governors who chose politics over the health of their own residents. But that now ends immediately.

(Tipped by JMG reader Bill)

  • Rex

    Don’t let the door hit ya….

  • Robincho

    Meanwhile, up in Kaintuck, his counterpart has begun the vivisection of kynect

  • PeterC

    Just absolutely wonderful !!

  • Tina CRACKA Vane

    yay free sex changes

    • sherman

      and you can get help with your crack problem.

      • David Walker

        …which will be a blessing for people who have to watch squatting repairmen, kneeling road crews, and others who have separation of shirt and pants. Plastic ass surgery. Finally!

        • sherman

          Yes, we need help in making them all look like this-

          • David Walker

            Plumber porn! Love it!

          • rextrek1

            Pipe dream, calling Pipe dream …WOOOOOF

          • Good Shot Green

            Such big feet!

          • ZhyKitty

            Oh MY! Where did you get that pic of Big Daddy’s ass and what happened to his body hair? Where are my glasses…

          • sherman

            Ain’t the internet great? So glad tea baggers give Al Gore credit for inventing it.

    • Chucktech

      Yay, freedom to not be bankrupted by some silly little cancer flare up…

  • Ron Robertson

    And now the destruction of all things Jindal, he should end up with no legacy except that of one whose every action was reversed.

  • pj

    her outfit sucks

  • JT

    Now if only Jindal could be disposed of like medical waste.

  • Todd20036

    So Jindal, seems like your own constituents didn’t like you. And, BTW, despite your deepest fantasies, you’ll never be white. Deal.

  • JustSayin’

    Couple of things here
    State estimates are about 400,000 may gain access not the 100k listed

    He may send the letter but access will not be immediate for many reasons, namely it takes time for DC to approve and more importantly there is no infrastructure here to handle the new enrollees. All thanks to Piyush.

    Also please dont get high hopes for some liberal swing in this state. John Bel is only a Democrat by Louisian standards, everywhere else he would be a Christian Right Wing Conservative.

    He is anti gay, women, minority, muslim,…..he is pro unrestricted guns, fracking, christian rights above others, lets raid Iraq…..

    Not the normal liberal

    • Chucktech

      Indeed. But still, it could have been Governor Vitter, so at least there’s that…

      • justme

        Yes and it that case..La would have had the 1 st governors House of Prostuitution

        • David Walker

          And with republicans’ love for recycling, cloth diapers would be outlawed. Disposable diapers say “republican” so much better.

          • Bj Lincoln

            I loved my cloth diapers. Used them for all kinds of cleaning when Jr. was finished with them.

          • ZhyKitty

            Me too!

          • hudson11

            lol, we inherited some of my hubby’s diapers from his mom when she passed. they’re still great for cleaning!

        • Tor

          I doubt it would be the first.

          • justme

            but it would have been official and governor recommended

          • Tor

            I was thinking that, but I was typing on my phone…. too many words.

  • Chucktech

    Buh-bye, Piyush. It was certainly our (dis) pleasure knowing you. Now, off you go to your own little ash heap of history.

  • Prion

    • stuckinthewoods

      Was the Louisiana governor’s mansion on Airbnb?

      • Droz

        There would be a lot more used condoms all over the place if it was.

  • sherman

    I wish Democrats would really push that medical insurance translates directly to lives saved, and bankruptcies avoided (which means less divorce since financial reasons are the number one cause).

    They should have a huge “Obamacare Lives Saved” counter somewhere to draw attention to it. Maybe also a widget that could be added to websites.

    • Ginger Snap

      I agree. I tell everyone I can that even though I had insurance when I had my accident and wrecked my leg and back I have lost my entire retirement funds and life savings. My once secure retirement is now nonexistent. I can’t even imagine what it is like for people who have nothing and no insurance.

      • Bj Lincoln

        It was hell.

        • sherman

          🙁

          • Bj Lincoln

            The ACA saved my life.

        • Ginger Snap

          It still is hell and there are days I wish they would have left me to bleed out on the street. I still have work to do on this planet and I’ll be here until time takes me out. To quote my mother ” you’re a tough bitch Colin”.

        • Ginger Snap

          The m sorry you had to go through a medical hell too.

      • ZhyKitty

        They die. Then their children and twin sister grieve themselves sick for years and years….

        • Ginger Snap

          Yes Zhy I know of your awful encounter with a healthcare industry and I have long lost friends who experienced the same. I just cannot understand the hatred towards fellow humans that they care so little they would let them die when they could help. With all I say about disliking religious zelots I would still give one the shirt off my back to help them if they were in need. I just wish they would do the same for others.

      • charemor

        So sorry to hear that, but it is not uncommon and is why I have no patience with those who say they are young, healthy and don’t need insurance.

    • Bj Lincoln

      Good idea!

    • Hue-Man

      More “liberal” facts.

      “The Kaiser Family Foundation and the New York Times have published the results of a survey of Americans, aged 18 through 64, which questioned respondents about their troubles paying medical bills.”

      “In 2015, 15 percent spent “all or most” of their savings on medical bills. In 2005, it was 12 percent.

      In 2015, 10 percent “borrowed money from friends or family” and nine
      percent “increased credit card debt.” In 2005, eight percent reported
      “borrowing money or taking out another mortgage.”

      In 2015, 32 percent “put off/postponed getting health care you
      needed.” In 2005, 29 percent of adults report “they or someone in their
      household skipped medical treatment, cut pills, or did not fill a
      prescription in the past year because of the cost.”

      In 2015, three percent declared personal bankruptcy because of medical bills, the same as 2015 [sic].”

      http://blog.independent.org/2016/01/12/two-years-into-obamacare-no-change-in-share-of-working-age-americans-with-trouble-paying-medical-bills/

  • oikos
    • BlueberriesForMe

      “Bye, Piyush-cia!”

  • bkmn

    Elections and voting matter. This would not be happening under a Gov. Vitter.

    • David Walker

      True, but the price of diapers would be decreased by executive order.

  • I want to see the official booting ceremony where John shoves a shoe up Jindal’s ass.

  • Xuuths

    Outstanding!

  • AdamTh

    … and how long before the GOP controlled state legislature tries to override?

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    As Louisiana crawls out of the swamp, … Kentucky slithers back in.
    Proving both evolution and devolution at the same time.

    • Duane Dimitrov

      lol.

  • ZhyKitty

    FSM bless him for the lives he will save.

  • Boy Elvis

    This gives me a tiny modicum of hope that some of the lower income voters in the red states will finally wake the fuck up. The bootprint on your asses says “GOP,” people. Stop fucking voting for them.

  • TheManicMechanic

    There’s always the 7-11, Bobby…

  • Alan43

    Kind of like Kentucky in reverse

  • Queequeg

    In sharp contrast to Kentucky, Louisiana is moving forward.

  • JCF

    Time to move south from Kentucky.*

    * Or out to any other Blue State.