First on CNN: Jindal group to release Obamacare report ahead of 2014
July 14th, 2014
08:51 PM ET
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First on CNN: Jindal group to release Obamacare report ahead of 2014

updated at 7:25am ET Tuesday

(CNN) - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is taking a next step forward in his efforts to do away with Obamacare - and closer to 2016 - all while helping fellow Republicans along the way.

CNN has learned Jindal's non-profit group America Next will distribute to members of Congress and select congressional campaigns on Tuesday an analysis of the healthcare law's effect on rising premiums - campaign ammo for GOP candidates and incumbents ahead of the 2014 midterm elections.

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The 26-page replacement proposal for the law, announced in April, further frames Jindal as the go-to policy guy in a field of potential GOP candidates as he weighs whether to launch a presidential bid in 2016.

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Rally cries from the right to repeal Obamacare are nothing new. And nor are Democrats' rebuttal that Republican complaints offer little by the way of a substantive alternative to President Barack Obama's sweeping healthcare initiative.

But now, backers of the Louisiana Republican say, the GOP has something to point to.

"Gov. Jindal's plan is the only real and comprehensive replacement plan that exists. Anywhere," Jindal supporters told CNN.

"There are bills that do some things, there is analysis of (Obamacare), there are treatises on health care. But this is the only comprehensive conservative replacement plan."

The supporters said other GOP ideas to redo the healthcare law don't address the real issue with President Barack Obama's sweeping initiative.

"Gov. Jindal had the courage others lack – his plan goes at the real problem – which is cost not coverage," they said.

"Other Republicans are afraid of making this point. Any and all attempts to replace Obamacare with a plan to provide universal coverage will have a big problem – math."

National Democrats were quick to criticize the two-term Louisiana governor's efforts in his own state.

"Under Governor Jindal's failed leadership Louisiana ranks 48th in overall health. Whatever advice the Governor has to improve our nation's health care shouldn't just be taken with a grain of salt – it should be ignored by anyone who is serious about expanding insurance to more Americans," Democratic National Committee Press Secretary Michael Czin told CNN.

"And while Governor Jindal ignores his own failed record, the fact is Obamacare is working: Americans like their coverage, the uninsured rate is dropping and health care costs are rising at the lowest rates in recent memory," Czin added.

Filed under: Bobby Jindal • Louisiana • Obamacare
soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. O'drama ya Mama

    Jindal's non profit group did the study on Obamacare, a law Jindal has been trying to defeat? No conflict of interest there....

    July 15, 2014 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  2. just asking

    O'drama ya Mama
    Jindal's non profit group did the study on Obamacare, a law Jindal has been trying to defeat? No conflict of interest there....

    of course you have the very same objections to the clinton's and their clinton global initiative scam right?

    July 15, 2014 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  3. Malory Archer

    Tampa Tim
    So by not allowing eligible voters in his state health care from ACA or the Medicaid expansion, a right wingnut governor complains about premium increases. Look to the blue states to see the true effect of ACA on premiums. Mine in FL increased $3 a month, and that is after our republican legislators gave insurance companies a blank check to raise premiums as much as they wanted.


    I'm in Florida as well, and my employer's plan premiums didn't increase at all this year – despite the fact the state legislature gave insurers free reign to stick it to Floridians. In other words, bobby jingle's little group's report is nothing but a bunch of hot air.

    July 15, 2014 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    tom l

    "The 26-page replacement proposal for the law, announced in April"

    So, let me get this straight, this has been out for 3 months and the media hasn't reported about this whatsoever.
    It had been reported to be not feasible, so it has been largely ignored. It's riddled with typical right wing fuzzy math, false assumptions and pretenses. Jindal takes all of the things people like about the ACA, and erases everything that the right wing say that they don't like.

    He removes the cap on corporate profits, so how is that going to keep costs down? It doesn't. Raking in record profits off of health insurance is obscene. How is he going to keep costs down when he prohibits insurers from dropping people, while not requiring everyone to have insurance? That's the fuzzy math part. Insurers haves always claimed that rates would skyrocket if they are not able to decline people with major illnesses, or impose lifetime limits on coverage payments.

    Universal participation is the only way to keep costs down. No one needs health insurance until they need it. It is the height of hypocrisy for the party of personal responsibility to turn a blind eye on people who don't want to pay for their own health coverage. Republicans prefer for people to shoplift health care by going to the Emergency Room when they get sick or injured, and shoplifting free health care, which only adds to the costs of everyone who does have coverage.

    July 15, 2014 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  5. Sip That Kool Aid, It's All You're Good For.

    No One Care's Bobby. No One. This statement includes the members of your party. Get hep, you are not their idea of the candidate they want for a run at the White House, or for that matter any other office.

    July 15, 2014 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  6. sonny chapman

    Better recheck their math.

    July 15, 2014 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  7. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Donna F says:
    July 15, 2014 08:25 am at 8:25 am
    Will ISIS teens get to stay also if they come through the Texas border?

    You might be right and wrong on this one. The ISIS children won't come by way of the Tx border, they will be welcomed like all other ME's that come here. They'll get free education, housing and food and all the females of child bearing age will have a baby every year and we will pay for it. I see this every single day as the Detroit area has been taken over by them. But we welcome these people and shun the Mexicans like they learned to fly planes in this country and then flew them into the towers. I'm not saying we should let any and everyone in but let's treat everyone fairly. Oh shoot my bad, there's no oil in Mexico. And btw, the ME people get welfare and food stamps too. They even qualify with a man in the home. Go figure.

    July 15, 2014 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  8. Tommy G

    The Real Tom Paine
    You have your own rigid standards, and you make sure everyone knows about them: you cling to them like a priest fingering Rosary beads.

    YIKES! Pot meet kettle!!

    July 15, 2014 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  9. heaven

    jindal's plan has created more sick people in louisiana. other republican and democratic leaders are trying to save louisiana from this by throwing jindal plan. if other states are thinking seriously about if any positive side of jindal's health plan, other ststes will be increasing millions of sick people everyday and business and industries will collapse and thus entire u.s will collapse and republican party will collapse along with it. so called obama care, which is a true family care will save united states.

    July 15, 2014 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  10. Bill

    The clown car rolls on and on. Laughable, at best.

    July 15, 2014 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  11. Gurgyl

    Another third world junk talks–nonsense. Caste system is not in USA.

    July 15, 2014 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  12. a concerned citizen

    What a rube, he's nearly out of a job, and desperately trying to avoid having to get a real job. Hence the exuberant audition for the Koch brothers, pathetic, 26 pages of pure hypocracy I'm sure.

    July 15, 2014 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  13. HenryMiller

    "Any and all attempts to replace Obamacare with a plan to provide universal coverage will have a big problem – math."

    They face an even bigger problem: The federal government has no Constitutional power to create any kind of national health care scheme, and even less to punish people who have no interest in being involved in it. If the states want to inflict such schemes on themselves, that's their business, but for the feds to do it would require a Constitutional amendment.

    July 15, 2014 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  14. Silence DoGood

    The overall news has been good. Many uninsured now have insurance. Modest cost increase despite conservative sabotage. No fear of cancellation or cut off from insurance greed.

    It was inevitable that there would be a doom and gloom fact-lite report to scare people once again. Huffington post reports the shady telemarketing company misleading donors as to the destination for donations funded this "study".

    July 15, 2014 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  15. a concerned citizen

    Tom you know damned well, if they had anything other than fairy tale math, and a real plan, we would see it non stop, but they don't, and you know it, 26 pages, please! Mote gop smoke and mirrors math, based on maybe and could be assumptions, kinds like Ryan's budget, based on the repeal of the ACA, you guys really should see/ hear yourselves from a sane person, amazing you don't even question it after being told time and time again

    July 15, 2014 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  16. Lizzie

    a concerned citizen
    A 29 page comprehensive universal healthcare plan, is it really any wonder why intelligent people can't take them seriously.
    -if it's not 2500 pages plus of which over 2000 have nothing to do with healthinsurance, then it's not worth looking at it. How many pages does it take to say EVERYONE will be insured no exceptions.

    July 15, 2014 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  17. Sniffit

    Especially love the part of Jindal's "health care plan" where he raided $500M out of the employees health insurance fund to put towards balancing his budget, pretty much killing the thing despite it having fantastic financial performance. Oh, and yeah, of course he fired the guy who had performed so well managing it because the guy objected to Jindal raiding it and tried to make it's good financial performance public. You see, since the GOP/Teatrolls' entire goal is to deliberately break gov't to prove it's broken, meritorious job performance was considered grounds for termination.

    July 15, 2014 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  18. Jackie

    Aw, Bobby Jindel- such a funny "little" man

    July 15, 2014 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  19. Sniffit

    26 pages? HAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHA...oh brother. Like turning in your Ph.D. dissertation in crayon, written on 26 Chick-Fil-A napkins. Did he at least use both sides of the napkins?

    July 15, 2014 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  20. a concerned citizen

    So his plan is to throw you to the mercy of uncontrolled insurance companies, solid gop plan if ever there was.

    July 15, 2014 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  21. smith

    @Tom P-"Rigid standards", I see it as my veiwpoints and being that this a political blog Im gonig express those veiwpoints but I don`t take it personal. You say lecture and I say making an observation.

    July 15, 2014 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  22. Gunderson

    Republicans have presented no plan to replace "Dummy" Care? Don't look now but so far it appears to be disintegrating one bone at a time right before your out of focus eyes. Gundeson Plan? Send "Dummy" Care to Trash Heap of History, where it belongs. None of you are paying for it. You want somebody else to pay for it. Either pay up or go play in the traffic.

    July 15, 2014 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  23. Rudy NYC


    Another third world junk talks–nonsense. Caste system is not in USA.
    Sorry, pal, but there is a caste system in America.
    They're called the haves and have-nots, and the haves are winning by a wide margin.

    July 15, 2014 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
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