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. rs

    Yes, Mr. Jindal, it's just 7.1 million American citizens, that's all.

    April 2, 2014 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  2. sonny chapman

    Govt. Mandate-those who see threats to THEIR Freedom behind every corner. Govt. should reflect decisions that urge people to do what they should do for the benefit of most.

    April 2, 2014 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  3. Enough is Enough

    Funny, but a RAND repost states that fewer than 900,000 of these 7.1 million were previously uninsured and have actually paid the required premium...no mention of that.....or of the large number of democrat pols who are being arrested or charged for a variety of crimes.....why is that CNN?

    April 2, 2014 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  4. Malory Archer


    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!

    April 2, 2014 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  5. Sniffit

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

    Not only that, it's based on some pretty easily disproven and very dishonest and sickening lying. He's running around claiming that the Medicaid expansion diverts funding from the disabled and elderly in order to serve healthy people, when it quite literally and inarguably does not. It's not up for debate and there's absolutely no cogent, rational argument that what he says is true...not in the writing of the ACA and not in the actual mechanisms by which it expands Medicaid and the funding for it. The Medicaid expansion leaves everything that already exists alone and would not effect existing disabled or elderly recipients in the slightest. it simply provides new funding for expansion of the same coverage for people, healthy, disabled, elderly or otherwise, who fall into a slightly higher income range. Booby Jingle is a LIAR and a desperate, term-limited politician looking for his next stepping stone.

    April 2, 2014 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  6. rick

    Another Used Car Salesman that thinks he politician.

    April 2, 2014 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  7. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Jindhal is not only a "So What?" but also a "Who Cares?".

    April 2, 2014 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  8. just asking

    So What?
    So fill in the blank: Repeal and replace with _____________.

    what we had plus targeted solutions to the small problems that existed. the destruction of our healthcare system with a federal government takeover was not needed. obama and the democrats have damaged hundreds of millions of americans to try and help very few. total insanity. and the cost? already near 2 trillion dollars. total insanity.

    but the democrats have always wanted to takeover the healthcare system in this country as it provides the ultimate in people control. they had their chance and did it based on lies, deceit and dirty back room deals and the american now know this.

    April 2, 2014 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  9. ST

    Those who are saying that republicans must have something to replace ACA is totally nonsense. This is not what civilised people do. Why should they replace something which people have already in hands? If they don't like ACA, doesn't mean those who have it don't. And what kind of a game is it, that the country can prosper by implementing one minute and dismantling the second minute. If that is not craziness what is it?

    April 2, 2014 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  10. sonny chapman

    One More Thing-Bobby J & other Red State Govs. are denying their poorest & sickest citizens Medical Care by rejecting the Medicaid $ under the guise of"we won't be able to find the 10% funding 3 years from now. Yet, TODAY, Jindal is propping up La. State Govt. w/Emergency Rainy Day $ rather than w/increased Rev., all to impress the Nat. Repubs. about his "toughness". John Kaisich of Ohio could of done the same but saif he didn't want to face his Creator & answer thew question which Jesus poses in Matthew 25,35.

    April 2, 2014 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  11. Enough is Enough

    Reading these comments is hilarious! Progressives clearly have no clue! It's also amusing that the ONLY people bringing up race are the progressives....what is with you people? Why are you so fixated on a persons race? Is every one of you a racist?

    April 2, 2014 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  12. Malory Archer

    Minnie Mouse

    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.


    While at the dentist a few weeks ago, the finance person was trying to explain to a patient that she doesn't have "dental insurance", she has a "dental discount plan" that saves her (very little) on the cost of certain dental procedures. When she discovered how much she would be "saving", she realized that her "plan" was costing her more annually than she would be "saving" for her procedures. Suffice it to say she wasn't very happy about that. These "vouchers" being touted by the reds would work the same way.

    April 2, 2014 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  13. salty dog

    Oh goody, more vouchers, worth the paper they're written on.

    April 2, 2014 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  14. smith

    @Malory- Your sitting there cryin` "its none of your business" and "your not paying fo it". However, that is exactly what ACA does. You pay more to support other peoples plans.

    April 2, 2014 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  15. ProudDem

    Yeah so what that millions who couldnt afford health care now can....who cares. They're just the serfs and peons. Pass me another cigar and brandy.

    April 2, 2014 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  16. Steve, New York City

    Governor Jindal. You actually seem to be one of the smarter members of the GOP. Please tell me that you have a vision as to how the United States should deal with the uninsured, rather than doing a Mitt Romney-style "bash anything that Obama says." I don't think Obamacare is perfect either (thank goodness I don't have to use it), but it would be nice to hear new ideas.

    April 2, 2014 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  17. salty dog

    Such talent for deciet, funny too, rep. Terry was able to fit a plane and faulty ignition switch in one joke, now that's talent!

    April 2, 2014 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  18. salty dog

    Completely tasteless, but talented

    April 2, 2014 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  19. Rudy NYC

    Minnie Mouse

    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.
    Actually, if all goes according to the Ryan Plan, which includes a full repeal of the ACA, a voucher system probably would save billions of dollars. Think about it. The seniors with the Medicare vouchers would be declined coverage by the private insurers because of pre-existing conditions, if not simply because of their ages.

    April 2, 2014 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  20. Malory Archer

    just asking

    So What?
    So fill in the blank: Repeal and replace with _____________.

    what we had plus targeted solutions to the small problems that existed.


    Since you're soooooo well-versed on the matter, why don't you tell us what those "small problems" were, and what "targeted solutions" would have corrected them?

    April 2, 2014 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  21. Matt

    The American People on Jindal's comments: So What!

    April 2, 2014 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  22. ART

    You know what Jindal in your face, at least I know if I"am ever unemployed I can still get affordable health care which does not discriminate. You Rethuglicans refused to help anyone else but yourselves and your pockets and should all be ashamed of your selves. You guys are a party of no morals and no ideas. You Jindal will never ever be President of this great country.

    April 2, 2014 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  23. Gunderson

    Humm, Well,
    We all know Liberal's and Democrats want to run Country but want Conservatives and Republican's to pay for it. Whats-His-Name makes no secret that he wants to spread the "Wealth" around. Other people's money, that is. Unfortunately you can't get Blood out of a Turnip. There is no free lunch except if you steal it. Most of that money is now Offshore because people know what the liberals will do if given the chance. So we have a Broken down Jalopy that is on it's last legs, in intensive care as it were. Welcome to the Cold Hard Facts of Life.

    April 2, 2014 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  24. ja

    Jindal need pull head out of the bayou, let's pull his healthcare as he knows it, such hypocrites

    April 2, 2014 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    "@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."

    They don't have to be kicked off their parents' insurance policies for it to work that way. By them being insured and their parents' and/or parents' employers paying the premiums, it's functionally the same thing. You don't have to attempt to "force them into the exchanges."

    April 2, 2014 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
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