Bobby Jindal unveils plan to replace Obama health-care law

Robert Costa and Amy Goldstein
The Washington Post

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal announced a plan to repeal and replace President Obama’s health-care law, an effort by the Republican to insert himself into the increasingly competitive early maneuvering for his party’s presidential nomination.

Jindal, a former state and federal health official, said his plan is one of many policy proposals he will release in coming months, making clear that he wants to be viewed as a wonky problem solver.

In his 26-page plan, Jindal lays out a long critique of the health-care law and reiterates his belief that it needs to be done away with. He sets forth a bevy of ideas to replace it that have run through conservative thought for years, in some cases renaming them and in other cases suggesting new variations on old themes.

“There is a void out there,” he said in an interview. “Consider this plan open-source code for Republicans, who are welcome to cut and paste from it.”…

…Jindal has been steeped in the world of health policy since his career began. In his mid-20s he became secretary of Louisiana’s Department of Health and Hospitals, and then he was named the staff director of a bipartisan commission on the future of Medicare. A few years later, he became an assistant secretary in the Department of Health and Human Services under President George W. Bush.

In his plan, which he released at a breakfast in Washington hosted by the Christian Science Monitor, Jindal proposes to create what he calls a “global grant program” — commonly known as block grants — to redesign Medicaid by giving states a fixed amount of money and freeing them from federal requirements to provide certain benefits…



The complete article, with video, is at The Washington Post.



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‘I’ve had enough’: Glenn reacts to ‘one of the most agonizing speeches ever delivered’  (video)

…”We’re told this guy is the adult in the room,” Stu said. “That is the most childish argument… There are people very closely tied to [this] Administration who advocated for things specifically called ‘death panels.’”

The straw that ultimately broke the camel’s back – for Glenn, anyway – came when President Obama claimed his Administration has not been on a multi-million dollar advertising blitz to promote the law. In fact, President Obama had the audacity to say they “didn’t make a hard sell.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: … And we didn’t make a hard sell. We didn’t have billions of dollars of commercials like some critics did. But what we said was, look for yourself, see if it’s good for your family. And a whole lot of people decided it was. So I want to thank everybody who worked so hard to make sure that we arrived at this point today.

“Would anyone like any factual backing for those claims,” Stu asked. “Obamacare outreach… will cost at least $684 million annually.”

Where does that $684 million figure come from, you might ask?…

…“Here’s my current state of mind… I’m done with this government wasting my life… It has nothing to do with Barack Obama,” Glenn declared. “We have the worst people in our country running our country – on both sides of the aisle. And they’re lying to us. They’re sociopaths. And the media must be sociopathic as well because they have no conscience. They can report it as fact. And they can sleep at night.”…



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