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

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. Gurgyl

    I bet it is more than eight million, these guys do not know what they are saying. Pathetic. CNN, please print all.

    April 2, 2014 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  2. quinLee

    Um, Let’s see how Bobby’s state is doing when it comes to health care since he says, “So What”.
    Louisiana:
    • fourth highest uninsurance rate in the country,
    • among the highest cost and lowest quality outcomes for patients with Medicare,
    • among the highest rates of tobacco use, obesity, poverty, and infant mortality.
    • By refusing to participate in the Affordable Care Act, Jindal will deny access to 456,000 low income individuals through the Medicaid expansion.
    • Jindal presides over a Louisiana that has one of the country's largest uninsured populations with worsening access to care

    April 2, 2014 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    "would set aside a pool of more than $100 billion for states to experiment with health care policy."

    would set aside a pool of more than $100 billion for red states to experiment with finding ways to make health care policy drive the poor and minorities out of their states.

    FIFY

    April 2, 2014 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  4. Fair is Fair

    Malory Archer

    Fair is Fair

    Not exactly true. You were allowed to stay on a parent's policy until age 23 IF you were a full-time student. Otherwise, no.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Uh, no. My daughter finished school when she was 22, and stayed on our insurance for another 8 months until she was 23. And what difference does it make whether they're on their parents' plan or not – SOMEONE is paying for their premiums, and that someone ISN'T you. Additionally, why is your "gang" so hot to kick all those PREVIOUSLY insured 18-23 year-olds OFF their parents' plans anyway?
    -------
    Undoubtedly, those final 8 months were the remainder of whatever your insurance policy's plan year was. The point I was trying to make, Malory, is that she would have been booted off your policy upon reaching age 19 had she not been a full-time student.

    As to your other comment – it's the 20-somethings in the ACA pool that's going to make or break the law, financially. Allowing those 20-somethings out of the ACA pool by remaining on the parent's policy (and thereby that pool) further dilutes the ACA pool of the target lives – making it's financial solvency even less certain. That's all.

    April 2, 2014 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  5. FedRed

    ObamaDon'tCare; Obama Cost$

    April 2, 2014 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  6. Name

    So what is that the clowns in the gop said obamacare would never get 7 million sign UPS.doc what is the gop hasn't did anything to help Americans in 10 years all they do is criticize without offeti

    April 2, 2014 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  7. Lolo

    The repugs are really the party of stupid. Same old game different day. Give it up. You are becoming distinct just like the dinasours. Keep it up. November can't get here fast enough to get rid of you idiots.

    April 2, 2014 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    "'s the 20-somethings in the ACA pool that's going to make or break the law, financially. Allowing those 20-somethings out of the ACA pool by remaining on the parent's policy (and thereby that pool) further dilutes the ACA pool of the target lives "

    Nope.

    April 2, 2014 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  9. Pander Bear

    The GOP plan: Whenever Obama reaches a milestone, move the goalpost or say he didn't get there fast enough or that they could have done it better without offering any indication as to what they would have done at all. Whenever they're confronted with reality, they resort to delusion.

    April 2, 2014 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  10. kurt

    So what?

    Now, if you repeal Obamacare, 17 million people lose their insurance.

    7 million who got it on the exchanges
    6.5 million who got it from the medicaid expansions
    3.5 million under the age of 26 that are now covered on their parents plans.

    That's why it's a big deal. You can still argue it's a bad thing, but you're going to have to answer questions now about what happens to that group of 17 million people when you talk about repealing Obamacare. It's not a faceless group anymore... it's a real chunk of voters who will be unhappy.

    Many conservative were dead set against medicare... but they don't run on cancelling medicare anymore. Why? 47 million people are on medicare.

    Well, 17 million are now covered by one of the facets of Obamacare. That makes it a bit tougher repeal target for the GOP.

    April 2, 2014 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  11. countingdown

    Malory Archer Bill

    And look at this little puke's state. Heavily reliant on federal aid for everything from disaster relief to food assistance to unemployment assistance.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Not to mention, the most polluted state in the union. Considering all the little towns and villages on the Mississippi Delta south of New Orleans are being abandoned one at a time due to toxicity levels, it's just a matter of time before the U.S. Navy is forced to flee Belle Chasse, and takes all its money with it!

    To malory
    From which direction does the Mississippi River flow? North of course. They get everything that is dumped.

    To bill
    Thought you guys were for helping the needy, another lie from progressive left!

    April 2, 2014 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  12. Lolo

    Furthermore Jindal is too dark for the Repug/TP Klan. They will never vote for him period. If you don't look like them, act like them you will never get the hypocrits votes. Pot calling the keetle black is an understatement for these peoples. How the poor people in their states believe in them is beyond reasoning. They must have promised them gifts.

    April 2, 2014 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  13. Ron Hatfield

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

    April 2, 2014 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  14. Tom

    Why was the signup number critically important when Republicans thought the Obama administration would fail to achieve its target? If the final March signup tally was 6,999,999, the Republicans would have declared the program a failure because it missed its signup goal. Now that the ACA signups exceeded its goal, the Republicans are claiming the numbers are phony (reminiscent of Carl Rove on election night 2012) or just don't matter. The disingenuous political spin by Republicans is hurting their credibility.

    April 2, 2014 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  15. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    From the same guy that talks about all the waste of money monitoring volcanoes in Alaska... just before the volcano blows and disrupts air travel. Your timing and predictions are off again Jingles!

    April 2, 2014 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  16. Tampa Tim

    Fair – I am pretty sure the goal for sign ups from the invincibles in their 20s was around 30%. The CBO did not report the gloom and doom that right wing media is regurgitating.

    April 2, 2014 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  17. Sniffit

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

    Your tinfoil hat is showing.

    April 2, 2014 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  18. Tony D

    So Democrats.... where are the other 43 MILLION people that supposedly don't have healthcare insurance. After 4 YEARS of media coverage and billions spent on advertising, you barely scrape up the minimum? If Obamacare was so great why wasn't there a stampede of 50 million people to get this?

    Will the government now be going after these law breakers just like they all the illegal aliens in this country? Yeah, right. This is all a giant sham, from start to finish. The middle class is going to get saddled with paying for this disaster, as usual.

    April 2, 2014 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  19. Tampa Tim

    Ron Hatfield – Who reported 6 million lost their insurance due to Obamacare? That is not true.

    April 2, 2014 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    Malory Archer
    Anonymous
    You appear to live in some fantasy world where employers absorb the costs of healthcare increases all on their own. There WAS a 19% increase from the year before. They agreed to waive it THIS year, but the starting point for the next sign up WILL be the higher amount. No sane person would expect their employer to be eating these costs all on their own.
    19% increase is not a small amount. Obamacare has done nothing to lower MY healthcare insurance. And now I am paying for many others on Medicaid. Obamacare is the biggest screw job ever for the working middle class.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Tell me what state you live in and I'll tell you WHY your premiums are increasing by so much and so quickly.
    --

    Massachusetts. Please tell me. I'm dying to hear this.

    Malory Archer.... you still owe me this explanation.

    April 2, 2014 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  21. Randy, San Francisco

    It is very doubtful that red states under Republican control would want to spend the 100 billion dollars on the poor and sick. Tea Partiers and conservative purists would rather balance the budget or see a larger tax cut for the rich.

    April 2, 2014 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  22. Babyboomer

    It's so easy to criticize a law that will help millions when you have a healthcare plan that will take care of you from here on out. The folks in LA should be outraged at their Gov. insensitivity. What a jerk.

    April 2, 2014 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  23. 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

    April 2, 2014 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  24. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Amazing how the governor of one of the states with the highest levels of uninsured doesn't care about people needing insurance. Oh, wait. That was the position he needs to stake a claim on the Republican Presidential nomination. Of course, as Piyush was conceived in the Punjab, that makes him an Anchor Baby – exactly the type of child that his Party denounces as not really American, and not really covered by the 14th Amendment!

    April 2, 2014 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  25. Fair is Fair

    Sniffit

    "'s the 20-somethings in the ACA pool that's going to make or break the law, financially. Allowing those 20-somethings out of the ACA pool by remaining on the parent's policy (and thereby that pool) further dilutes the ACA pool of the target lives "

    Nope
    ------
    You gotta do better than "Nope", Counselor. Are you seriously denying that retaining those 20-somethings in their parent's policy (and thereby their parent's policy pool) doesn't negatively affect the composition of the ACA pool?

    April 2, 2014 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
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