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

    jindal? the republicans cant stand that a black man was elected president and they are going to nominate him? The Republicans always nominated the whitest guy on the planet and not going to stop now

    April 2, 2014 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  2. Lynda/Minnesota

    Ah, yes. Bobby Jindal.

    A Very Important Person.

    Or not.

    April 2, 2014 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  3. Get Real

    Gasp, A person who GET'S IT, you can't just run against something without an alternative. We all saw the horrible alternative we had to GWB in the 2008 and 2012 elections.

    April 2, 2014 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  4. Marie MD

    So what? Seven (7)plus million Americans have not only health insurance, but unlike you with your state insurance and pension, can now rest easy if they have a pre existing condition and don't have to face the teaklan death panels with ceilings on how much a person's health is worth.
    These teaklans are waste of oxygen and space on Earth!

    April 2, 2014 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  5. Dennis Freeman

    Nothing like looking at the bright side. He's quite the visionary.

    April 2, 2014 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  6. Malory Archer

    LOL – little bobby jingles needs to put the bowl of sour grapes on the table and back away SLOWLY! Honestly, he sounds just like a spoiled little brat, angry because he didn't get his way. Well, the 2008 also-ran DID state they'd act this way "if they didn't get their way."

    April 2, 2014 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  7. Flagship, NC

    With that attitude you will only get hard core Republican votes.
    Do not get into that "Clown Car", just walk along side it.

    April 2, 2014 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  8. Moderate Sean

    Only a Republican bafoon would note 7.1 million people obtaining medical insurance of some kind is a bad thing, or is indifferent to it! It does go against his and their pathetic message, "that the Affordable Care Act is an utter failure"!

    April 2, 2014 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  9. Fair is Fair

    Malory Archer


    @Malory & sniffit- 18-26yr olds are the healthy people that will drive premuims down for the people in state and federal exchange pools. Don`t you want that? Why do you think Obama wants them to sign up.


    Eighteen to twenty-three year olds HAVE ALWAYS been allowed to stay on their parents' insurance as long as the SOMEONE keeps paying the premiums. Being on their parents’ plans means premiums ARE BEING PAID. What don’t you understand about that, and why do you so desperately want to take that away? And why is it any of your business WHO pays for their insurance as long as it’s getting paid – AND NOT BY YOU? That being said, not every single in the 18-26 year old group has a parent who HAS insurance (my niece and nephews for example), and those UNINSURED young people are the people the President is trying to reach.
    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.

    April 2, 2014 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  10. Malory Archer


    jindal? the republicans cant stand that a black man was elected president and they are going to nominate him? The Republicans always nominated the whitest guy on the planet and not going to stop now


    It's not about race, but the letter following the name of the candidate. If there's a "D", it doesn't matter what color/gender they are; they're EVIL to the core, and if they have an "R" after their name it doesn't matter whether they eat newborn babies for breakfast; they're pure as the driven snow.

    If Hillary Clinton had gotten the nominaton in 2008, the reds planned to run Colin Powell in the #2 position, and they would have accused the Dems of being racists for not voting for him, never mind his damaged goods status following his selling of the Iraq war based on lies and cherrypicked informaton.

    April 2, 2014 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  11. Andrew

    Republicans are always the same. Like with unemployment for instance. When it was 9%, they talked about how high it was. Then it was 8% and they said, well it isn't 7. Then it hit 7, then they stopped talking about it. Now the Healthcare. First it wouldn't be accepted. Then the site was bad. When that was fixed, it was not enough people will ever sign up. Then they hit the goal. Now its, well that is meaningless. They always look for the next negative. That's the GOP mantra. 100% negative!

    April 2, 2014 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  12. Moderate Sean

    tom I – get a grip...........stop changing the subject and then make such ridiculous generalizations regarding the left that they are 'this' or 'that'. You might want to look at which party in the U.S., as a whole, is finding ways to reduce voting times/days to vote, efforts to limit registration, and participation by many eligible voters, particularly impacting minorities and the young. All this because they tend to vote more Democratic then Republican.

    April 2, 2014 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  13. sonny chapman

    Bobby Jindal was a whiz kid;until he tasted Political Power. Now, he's intoxicated & can't think straight.

    April 2, 2014 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  14. Silence DoGood

    “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.
    "threat of government mandate" – 50 points awarded to Jindal for using Conspiracy Theory Language and spinning up the tin foil hats. Oh no – the evil government is taking over!

    And by the way, I obeyed the speed limit driving today under threat of government mandated speeding ticket.
    And I did not steal stuff today under threat of government mandated arrest for stealing stuff.

    April 2, 2014 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  15. Mr. Moderate

    His "plan" consists of the same old talking points his party has been rolling out for years. Hard to build a health care savings account if you're living paycheck to paycheck and nothing in his "plan" actually compels insurance companies to insure people. His "plan" would mean that pre-existing conditions, lifetime limits and random cancellations are reality once again. Next!

    April 2, 2014 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  16. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House

    Sen. Landrieu needs to make Piyush Jindal the centerfold of all of her attack ads.

    April 2, 2014 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  17. 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. I stand a better chance of becoming president than this sniveling little whelp.

    April 2, 2014 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  18. Not Too Hard To Understand

    So what?
    OK, but let's be honest and fair here, folks. Who has ever said Piyush Jindal is particularly bright or even marginally informed? The man lives in Louisiana, for God's sake!

    April 2, 2014 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  19. Anthony

    Jindal’s health care plan, among other things, proposed "reducing Medicare costs by providing vouchers for seniors to purchase insurance."

    Providing vouchers for seniors to purchase insurance? You mean government subsidies to help seniors buy private insurance? Doesn't the ACA do the same thing for low- and middle-income people who are not eligible for Medicare? So, does Jindal want to replace Medicare with the ACA?

    Paul Ryan is proposing something similar in his budget. He wants to use government payments to help seniors pay for private insurance plans. So, do Republicans think that the ACA is a good idea after all?

    April 2, 2014 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  20. gb0423

    Jindal: intellectual lightweight

    April 2, 2014 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  21. Malory Archer

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House

    Sen. Landrieu needs to make Piyush Jindal the centerfold of all of her attack ads.


    Nah, she needs to make her rightwing opponent, bill cassidy, the center of all of her attack ads. Why, just last week he said that people without insurance are just lazy and illiterate! Obviously that would include his "base" who REFUSE to sign up for health insurance! LOL – give a red a microphone and he'll always tell his followers EXACTLY what he thinks of them!

    April 2, 2014 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  22. Minnie Mouse

    You may come up with a better comment than "SO WHAT", if someone in you family or friends has pre-existing conditions. Without the ACA law, they would not be able to get the care that they need. This law is working. Look at all of the children that have been able to get care since 2010 that have pre-existing conditions. Now all adults are covered regardless of health. " So, what" about health care is a bad way to look at health care and especially since many peoples lives depend on it. Have a little compassion and especially if your intentions are to run for president in 2016.

    This law isn't the greatest but it's better than a coupon voucher system which will end up costing Americans more for health care in the end and especially for Seniors, with no guarantee of who would be covered and the lack of care we would all receive.

    April 2, 2014 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  23. sonny chapman

    Hey Not Too Hard To Understand-I live in Louisiana. You are Exhibit A on why Southerners dislike arrogant Yankees.

    April 2, 2014 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  24. 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?

    April 2, 2014 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  25. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    That was mature. A governor of a red state that's refusing to help the poorest in the state receive medical coverage.

    How anyone not making at least $200,000 annually can support these rotten people is beyond me.

    Oh yeah, and Booby, you might want to sign up for a WH tour because YOU will NEVER live there. NEVER!

    April 2, 2014 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
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