Jindal focused on health law criticism of Obama
September 20th, 2012
03:41 PM ET
2 years ago

Jindal focused on health law criticism of Obama

(CNN) - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal delivered a focused defense of Mitt Romney - and offense against President Barack Obama - on a conference call with reporters on Thursday, even declining to comment on Romney's sense of humor.

"I can't speak to the governor's sense of humor," Jindal said, in response to a question. "I think he's made it very clear, though: in this election, there's a fundamental choice. You've got one candidate, President Obama, who is doubling down on a failed policy... Governor Romney has made it very clear, one of his very first actions will be to repeal and replace this bad law."

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The Romney campaign organized the call for reporters to "discuss the costly disaster that is Obamacare" in the wake of a Congressional Budget Office report released Wednesday on the health reform law.

Six million Americans are expected to pay a penalty in 2016 for not obtaining health insurance as required under the reform law, the CBO report said, an increase from the CBO's initial estimate of 4 million who would be penalized.

Jindal's comment about Romney's sense of humor came after he was asked to respond to a comment Romney made at a Wednesday night forum when saying he would repeal Obama's health law and "replace it with, I think, the kinds of reforms we really need."

"Now and then the president says I'm the grandfather of Obamacare," Romney said Wednesday. "I don't think he meant that as a compliment but I'll take it. This was during my primary, we thought it might not be helpful."

The state-level health reform law Romney supported when governor of Massachusetts has been compared to the Obama overhaul. While Romney has expressed his staunch opposition to the federal law, he has explained that the Massachusetts measure he supported "fit the needs of the people in my state" and was appropriate on the state level.

After a week in which Romney found himself responding to secretly recorded video of a May fundraiser, Jindal was focused on his criticism of Obama.

The Louisiana governor said it amounts to tax increases and Medicare cuts, all while still leaving millions uninsured.

"The bottom line, this is a bad bill for America," Jindal said. "Obamacare needs to be repealed and replaced. The way we do that is to elect Governor Romney as our next president.

After the call, Obama campaign spokeswoman Lis Smith characterized Romney's campaign as "in a state of disarray."

"In the span of just 24 hours, Mitt Romney has said that it's a 'compliment' to be known as the 'grandfather' of Obamacare and also vowed to repeal it in its entirety," Smith said in a statement.

"What isn't in question are the disastrous consequences that Mitt Romney's vow to 'kill' Obamacare on 'day one' would wreak: insurance companies would be allowed to discriminate against Americans with pre- existing conditions, charge women higher premiums than they charge men for the same coverage, and kick kids off their parents' plans when they graduate from college or high school," she continued. "America can't afford to go back with Mitt Romney's out-of-touch policies."

– CNN's Gregory Wallace and Rachel Streitfeld contributed to this report


Filed under: 2012 • Bobby Jindal • Mitt Romney
soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. Andrew

    hope it goes better than is state of the union rebuttal a few years ago... man that was just bad on so many levels!

    September 20, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  2. rs

    Just another Red State Governor whose population is largely Romney's 47% -ers, trying to make life just a little worse for his state's citizens. Republicans are very sick.

    September 20, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    "I can't speak to the governor's sense of humor," Jindal said, in response to a question. "I think he's made it very clear, though: in this election, there's a fundamental choice."

    A 50 minute tape disparaging one half of America is a "joke", Bobby Jindal? OK, then. The joke will be on Mitt Romney come election day. And the Republican party.

    "The Romney campaign organized the call for reporters to "discuss the costly disaster that is Obamacare" in the wake of a Congressional Budget Office report released Wednesday on the health reform law."

    And all the media jumped back on the Romney talking point bandwagon ... ready to once again crown Romney as America's darling and next King in Chief. Certainly at CNN anyway.

    September 20, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  4. A Desperate Situation

    This from a Governor in a red state considered part of the 47% that Romney insulted. Jindal is not smart enough to know that Romney does care about his state and called his citizens parasites. I guess Jindal still thinks he has a chance at a cabinet position. Think again this election is over Jindal and Romney detests brown people. We all know how much government help Louisiana gets.

    September 20, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  5. TheVoice2

    Anything in favor of the middle class, the GOP opposees.

    Mitt Phony's motto "make me President now, I'll give you details later"

    September 20, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  6. cali girl

    Go fly a kite Jindal, no one cares what you have to say. Your 15 minutes are WAY OVER.

    September 20, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  7. Laverne

    This guy is a DORK and a LOSER!

    September 20, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    STFU, Booby Jingle. Go back to LA and your program of funneling state money to private religious schools in order to indoctrinate the children into christian hive-mind group think in hopes you can help close the generation gap that's going to be the final nail in the GOP's demographic shift coffin.

    September 20, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  9. HOLY TIGHTY WHITIES WILLARD

    Ah hush Bobby. Just how many free clinics are held in Louisiana governor?????

    September 20, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  10. Thomas

    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is pathetic !

    He loves Federal money but won't say thank you !

    September 20, 2012 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  11. al in memphis

    Republicans have had 3 years to outline the specifics what would be better than Obamacare.. What they could do to lower cost and make it assessible to all Americans. We've heard nothing that gets it done.
    For the first time in history, insurance companies return billions that they did not spend covering actual health care cost. That money can go back into the economy on a wider scale.

    September 20, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  12. BeverlyNC

    Criticizing Obamacare will take you nowhere. More and more Americans are realizing how much Obamacare truly helps them, frees them from abuses of the private insurance companies, and cuts costs for everyone. The longer Obamacare is in effect – the more the People like it and don't want it touched. Move onto another subject – like how Republicans are going to kill Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, all funding for public education, how the Senate just filibustered a highly anticipated Veterans bill – who 4 Republicans co-authored but then voted to filibuster because they want nothing positive to pass before the election. Republicans = Party over People every single time. All obstructionist Republicans need to be removed from every local, state, and national seat so real work for the PEOPLE can begin.

    September 20, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  13. truth hurts

    Smashing Obamacare is a MAJOR task in the election. I wish Romney had asked somebody like Newt Gingrich to do this. He'd be MUCH tougher and is a great debater on the issue. I just hope Jindal takes off the white gloves and puts on the brass knuckles.

    September 20, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  14. B.

    Romney’s whole Campaign has been a scene of disarray and direction changes over night.

    Can you just imagine Romney running the most responsible job on the planet? That would finish us off as Bush nearly did!

    Endless attempts to Reinvent himself to find anything that will stick.. It is pathetic to watch.

    September 20, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  15. rosco

    The White House, after insisting for more than a week that the deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi was a "spontaneous" act, conceded Thursday that it was "self evident" that it was an act of terror - an admission that took eight days for any administration official to make.

    September 20, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  16. JonnyCant

    Still pandering to his ethnic followers.

    September 20, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    This from the guy who raided the public employee health care fund to the tune of $500M? Methinks he needs to take a long walk on an oily beach.

    September 20, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  18. Sorensen

    How can you have a "focused defense" of Romney. The man can no longer be defended. He has already lost.
    Jindal really belongs in Louisiana!

    September 20, 2012 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  19. Marty, FL

    Jindal can't be serious. The American people do not have any confidence in Congress to re-legislate healthcare again. Get real Mitt.

    September 20, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  20. Rudy NYC

    Gov. Jindal discredited his credentials with that unusual post State of the Union speech, and his obvious political gamesmanship during the BP Gulf Oil Spill disaster. The only LA is doing as well as it is is because of federal dollars. There are plenty of photos of Jindal holding giant Stimulus checks, believe me when I tell you.

    September 20, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  21. Ann

    Wow! A governor of the poorest stae in the states opposing a bill that will benefit his state more than any other? What amazes me is the people in LA voted him back into office. They say ignorance is bliss. Jindal in prrof positive.

    September 20, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  22. john

    The independents that talk to are not as worried about Romney as Romney. That is not his big issue. His issue is that he has to get very specific about how he will implement his plans or they will not vote for him.

    I heard Romney speak about a month ago and he flatly stated that he would have a lot of trouble getting elected if folks knew the details of his and Ryan's plan. I'm guessing (contrary to the Right's claims that if people knew the plans all would be well ) that Romney's polling shows that he will lose some Republican voters and independents if he gets into the specifics. Strangely enough, Ryan only makes this situation worse.

    This is kinda like the right wing social conservatives in Miss. thinking that they could win a personhood amendment. When folks understood the fine print, the voters said no.

    With Romney and Ryan hold your wallets and read the fine print. That should be the take away from Romney's Bain experience.

    September 20, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  23. Ann

    Wow! A governor of the poorest state in the US opposing a bill that will benefit his state more than any other? What amazes me is the people in LA voted him back into office. They say ignorance is bliss. Jindal is proof positive.

    September 20, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  24. Facts don't Lie

    how did that aid to your state from big government go there Bobby? You know the government you Tea Party folks detest..that is until you need something then you have to ask the president for help...you always get it...then go back to bashing him once the check arrives. Wonder if your buddy Romney did anything for you other than hug some folks, take pictures and tell them to call 211.

    September 20, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  25. Four and The Door

    Americans deserve better than ObamaCare. It would be just another oversold underdelivering government bureaucracy except it is worse for two reasons. One is the scope of what it will affect and two is that it was passed by a single party against the wishes of most Americans just at a time when as a nation we could least afford another hugely expensive federal program that doesn't do anything except get more expensive going forward. It was a politically motivated scam and Americans deserve better from the federal government than that. Romney/ Ryan 2012.

    September 20, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
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