Jindal on Obamacare sign-ups: So what
April 2nd, 2014
11:56 AM ET
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Jindal on Obamacare sign-ups: So what

Washington (CNN) - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a possible contender for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, waved off the Obama administration's jubilance over this week’s news that more than 7 million people have signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

“So what that under the threat of a government mandate they are able to get to this target of 7.1 million?” Jindal said Wednesday.

“Forget for a minute, by the way, we don’t even know what those numbers mean,” he said. “We don’t know how many of the folks actually pay their premiums. We don’t know how may of those folks were previously uninsured.”

Jindal was speaking to reporters at a Washington breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor, where he revealed his own health care proposal that he claimed would lower costs and make insurance more affordable while giving states more control.

While Jindal called for a full dismantling of Obama's health care law – “We should absolutely repeal the law,” he said - he warned Republicans against running against Obamacare without offering a concrete plan to replace it

“There are too many Republicans in this town that say we can run against Obamacare and not say anything else more specific until November because that’s a winning strategy,” said Jindal, a former health policy official in the George W. Bush administration.

“Look, there may be short term tactical reasons that makes sense to a lot of folks, but I think that’s wrong. If we want to earn the right to be in the majority, we have to be the party of specific ideas.”

Jindal’s health care plan, released under the auspices of his policy group, America Next, would set aside a pool of more than $100 billion for states to experiment with health care policy.

He proposed instituting a standard tax deduction for health insurance, promoting the use of health saving accounts to help consumers pay their premiums, and reducing Medicare costs by providing vouchers for seniors to purchase insurance.

Coverage for pre-existing conditions would be guaranteed, he said.

Democrats were quick to pick apart Jindal's proposals.

"Jindal’s plan is nothing more than a rehash of failed Republican ideas that have been – and will continue to be – rejected by the voters," said Democratic National Committee spokesman Michael Czin.


Filed under: 2016 • Bobby Jindal • Health care • Healthcare • Obamacare
soundoff (98 Responses)
  1. SGT Rock101

    Blah blah blah, Obamacare is bad, blah blah blah; Repubs offer cheap exchanges and deny coverage to those who need it most. See, the clown from Louisiana add and subtract humans like coins on a table. In Louisiana over 1 million who would otherwise be on Medicaid (poor people) can't because he refuses to help or afford the free three years up front and the 90% federal dollars after that. You want this guy running the UN food aid programs. Only 50% of the poor need be saved from starvation to call yourself humanitarian. He' Mumbia chic!!! You ought to se the saphires and diamonds mom and aunts wear to fund raisers. It's sickening.

    April 2, 2014 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  2. Silence DoGood

    @TONE
    @Ron Hatfield

    When you consider that a reported 6 million users lost their insurance due to Obamacare, not all that impressive

    that is a GOP talking point, and a flat out lie. For five years the gop spew llie after lie after lie nothing truthful for five long years. How pathetic
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    Anti-ACA conservative conspiracy lies:
    – it was passed without due process
    – hackers will steal your life savings through the web page (Fox)
    – Obama sabotaged the web page deliberately
    – Death Panels (Palin)
    – it will fail by itself
    – it will fail after rumors and scares
    – it will fail after the millions spent and hacker hours and rumors and scares
    – you will go to jail if you don't sign up (Paul)
    – reported security flaws
    – Hannity witnesses
    – abortion must be covered

    April 2, 2014 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  3. Moderate Sean

    EnoughEnough – Try opening both eyes and re-read the posts. You guys love to see only what you want to fit your point-of-view. Pretty sad, but becoming too common place.

    April 2, 2014 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  4. Teapotty Party...

    wow... sour grapes

    April 2, 2014 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  5. ghostwriter

    Fair, your assessment assumes that those kids will remain on their parent's insurance until 26. If they manage to get a decent job, they'll get their own coverage.

    April 2, 2014 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  6. gale

    Obamacare has been a complete failure, just like our president

    April 2, 2014 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  7. der

    Simply put, Republicans are wrong about everything. Bush accomplishments – 2 wars, 5,000 of our kids dead, depression. Obama – health care for millions, ending 2 wars, economy getting better every month.

    April 2, 2014 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  8. Luc

    OMG you actually believe that 6 million lost there health care due to Obamacare. The people that eat this stuff up got to be idiots. GOP does a great job telling the south that a black man is going to take away your freedom and they believe it. If they had any brains they would find out for themselves who is really telling the truth. Are you telling GOP voters that 7,000,000 of there fellow Americans are all wrong and you Jindal are correct and know it all. OMG Jindal where is the report that reports 6 million lost there healthcare due to Obamacare.

    April 2, 2014 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  9. MaryM

    Just another republican governor denying his citizens the benifits of the ACA thru the medicare expansion. Louisiana is home some of the poorest people in America, God forbid that they should benefit from any health insurance offered to them.

    April 2, 2014 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  10. MaryM

    If your political platform centers around removing a law that helps Americans when they get sick, then you need Not run for any political office.

    April 2, 2014 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  11. Jay

    It is the law of the land. GOP have no Healthcare plan as an alternative. They want to go back to the days of people being kicked off of their plan due to pre existing conditions including children. Also kids will be no longer covered until age 26 on their parents plan. Today over 7 million people have been covered for the first time under Obama care and it is growing. Imagine if the GOP came on board it would be 2 or 3 times higher. Bottom line GOP does not care about people and likes to complain but offers nothing positive. They are a miserable bunch who only preach gloom and doom.

    April 2, 2014 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  12. Fair is Fair

    ghostwriter

    Fair, your assessment assumes that those kids will remain on their parent's insurance until 26. If they manage to get a decent job, they'll get their own coverage.
    -------–
    Probably true. The point, though, is that the ACA pool is going to need every 20-something they can get, or else the claim experience is going to drive up the cost.

    April 2, 2014 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  13. julie

    ...jindal what a joke he is.....if he thinks he has ANY chance of being the nomination is is kidding his self....his skin COLOR is too close to the BLACK MAN already inthe WH....what a fool he is

    April 2, 2014 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  14. smith

    @Tone, Tampa Tim, and Sniffit-It`s a fact alot people lost their insurance due to the ACA. We don`t have the number as of now, just like we don`t have alot numbers related to the ACA.

    April 2, 2014 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair

    ghostwriter

    Fair, your assessment assumes that those kids will remain on their parent's insurance until 26. If they manage to get a decent job, they'll get their own coverage.
    ---–
    Probably true. The point, though, is that the ACA pool is going to need every 20-something they can get, or else the claim experience is going to drive up the cost.
    ----------------------
    Fair's assessment is flawed because it assumes that kids eat free, that insurers do not charge extra to carry the young adults.

    April 2, 2014 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  16. Tony

    Anonymous, I will answer your question. The ACA relies on private insurance companies. The only government insurance in the ACA is Medicaid. If private insurance companies want to raise premiums on their plans, no one can stop them. (Technically, the ACA will force insurance companies to pay you back if they spend less than 80% of your premiums on medical care and quality improvement activities.) However, if your insurance company charges you higher premiums, you should at least think about switching to a different insurance company.

    April 2, 2014 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  17. ghostwriter

    Funny...numbers were all they were talking about before. Now it's so what...

    April 2, 2014 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  18. ghostwriter

    Fair...true enough.

    April 2, 2014 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  19. jboh

    Jindal says..... Who cares?

    April 2, 2014 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  20. julie

    @ gale....faux news won't let you in to gripe....takes a failure to recognize a failure.....do you think those 7.1 million think the Obamacare is a failure

    "OBAMACARES......republicansdon'tcare" should be a new ad

    April 2, 2014 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  21. Fair is Fair

    Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair

    ghostwriter

    Fair, your assessment assumes that those kids will remain on their parent's insurance until 26. If they manage to get a decent job, they'll get their own coverage.
    -–
    Probably true. The point, though, is that the ACA pool is going to need every 20-something they can get, or else the claim experience is going to drive up the cost.
    --------
    Fair's assessment is flawed because it assumes that kids eat free, that insurers do not charge extra to carry the young adults.
    -------
    You have no idea what your talking about. Of course the insurers charge the parents to keep the young adults on their policies. But those premium dollars stay with their parent's policy, not the ACA policy. Where exactly is my assessment "flawed"?

    April 2, 2014 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  22. Anthony

    Julie, I agree. Obamacare is better than RepublicansDon'tCare.

    April 2, 2014 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  23. Rudy NYC

    smith

    @Tone, Tampa Tim, and Sniffit-It`s a fact alot people lost their insurance due to the ACA. We don`t have the number as of now, just like we don`t have alot numbers related to the ACA.
    ----------------------–
    You would have us believe that insurance companies kicked millions and millions of customers to the curb, and left them with no insurance at all and no other insurer will pick them up. That scenario is totally implausible. It didn't happen because it does not conform to GREED.

    April 2, 2014 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
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