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. 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.

    July 14, 2014 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  2. Tampa Tim

    Booby thinks BP flavored shrimp is not only delicious, but healthful.

    July 14, 2014 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  3. John

    I own a company with 40 employees....Have had health insurance for about 30 years......The lowest 3 years of premium increase in our history are the last 3 years, with the alltime lowest being 3.9%, last year/Kaiser Permanente.....I can't validate that it has anything to do with Obamacare, but whatever it is, it is a refreshing change from the 10-15% increases that came like clockwork prior to 2010.

    July 14, 2014 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  4. The Real Tom Paine

    Yes, smith, people do differ in their ways of thinking. I'm well aware of what freedom is, buts its ironic that , as one of the most dogmatic people to post on here you have the nerve to lecture anyone on the subject when you bash people for their choices in some of the most condescending language imaginable. I really don't care what you, tom L, and and the rest of the self-proclaimed independents on here think or believe, but don't lecture anyone when your own views are so predictable ( and frankly, boring). You have your own rigid standards, and you make sure everyone knows about them: you cling to them like a priest fingering Rosary beads.

    July 14, 2014 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  5. Mike in Texas

    A biased analysis on something that hasn't even happened yet. Of course. The governor of a state with one of the highest percentage of uninsured residents. Let me guess his ideas; tort reform, buy across state lines, etc etc etc

    July 14, 2014 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  6. king

    another right winged statistic that no one else has heard of. the right wing said leave it all up to the private sector billionaires and they will finance the poor heathcare out of their own profit margin, because they are sooo patrotic. hell they"ll even bring back some of the 3 trillion dollars, theyve been hiding from the tax man over seas for the past 5 years, because profit doesnt mean nothing to them. if america beleives any of these repubs bafoons, it is too late and all hope is lost. i wonder why i'm not hearing the gingle jobs jobs jobs this election. i think they figured out that the american people are getting tired of been played like a fool so they are whipping up something new.

    July 14, 2014 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  7. 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. I have no idea of its contents but shouldn't they at least have reported on this? One other thing that is worth mentioning is that I could have sworn that rs keeps saying they have no ideas. Well, here's an idea. It's been out since April. That would, of course, refute claims by rs that they have NO ideas. They might be good, they might be bad...but they are ideas, nonetheless. This is diametrically opposed to what I'm told day in and day out from rs about "no ideas".

    July 14, 2014 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  8. S. B. Stein

    The problem is that the GOP hasn't offered anything that will replace the ACA means they want to go back to what was before the law was passed.

    July 14, 2014 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  9. storm chaser 101

    Nothing new here sos yawn move on

    July 15, 2014 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  10. vikingwoman

    Jindal has a plan? Well this is news! Can we know what it is besides 'Obama plan bad for people & economy'?! I recall how universal healthcare was such an important issue to so many Americans! We have it now; are we going to let it just go because 'the other team' (whose model it's based on) didn't implement it first & are bent outta shape about it! Please, they aren't going to 'replace' it w/something better! They'll just put us back to the days healthcare were only for those lucky enough to have it through work or rich enough to have the best care! I don't think that's acceptable! This country functions, not because of the rich or the government, but because of the middle class & working poor, who are willing to do jobs most of us deem beneath us! We Deserve to have affordable health care & just as important, the nations welfare depends on our health! Jindal should think about that & be a part of the solution, rather than a cheerleader for the GOTP agenda of trashing everything the Black man in the White House does! But of course that's expecting miracles!!

    July 15, 2014 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  11. J.V.Hodgson

    A report not yet published or printed is meaningful news or blog worthy and if its about cost he' d better be sure to evaluate the cost of his so called alternative and whether it is comprehensive or not...... he'd better explain also what states who have adopted Medicaid expansion are going to do.
    What does his plan do for them??
    The answer is obvious already it will not be comprehensive ( its repeal and replace) and millions will then be without insurance.

    July 15, 2014 03:45 am at 3:45 am |
  12. Thomas

    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal says he will go to any lengths to bring the Indian cast system into the Americana .

    Louisiana , #1 at

    July 15, 2014 04:47 am at 4:47 am |

    His lies won't matter. Republicans love their Obamacare.

    July 15, 2014 05:23 am at 5:23 am |
  14. WhineO

    Jindal better cut these shenanigans out! How can the hordes of undocumented Democrats flooding over the border get their tax-dollar paid Obamacare that Obama promised?! Barrack did day on Univision that immigration status will not be checked when applying for Obamacare.

    July 15, 2014 05:52 am at 5:52 am |
  15. Marie MD

    What was that he said about stupid? Look in the mirror mr mardi gras!

    July 15, 2014 06:13 am at 6:13 am |
  16. Name

    Bobby Who? Doesn't he know Republicans will not vote for him – let alone read his plan?

    July 15, 2014 06:19 am at 6:19 am |
  17. a concerned citizen

    They were going to come out with a plan, but never have any intention on doing anything for you, really fall for this BS, hundred says this ends up nowhere. They will pretend to care all day, let's see them actually do something, never gonna happen, your a fool if you think it will. Nothing says were serious about an issue as! complex as universal healthcare, like a 29 page plan, think they can read this one?

    July 15, 2014 06:31 am at 6:31 am |
  18. a concerned citizen

    A 29 page comprehensive universal healthcare plan, is it really any wonder why intelligent people can't take them seriously. This is your gop, they have no plan just talking points, where's the numbers? Its a pathetic attempt to con their base into believing the really care about you.

    July 15, 2014 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  19. Luc

    unbelievable another scare tactic so that people who live in Louisiana go without health care. They will believe it too. 9 million Americans are wrong and Jindal is right. Louisiana rates 48 in USA for health care standards. Turf him.

    July 15, 2014 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  20. morebs

    so he is going to offer something to the country that apparently doesn't work in his state. sounds "great"

    July 15, 2014 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  21. mike - MN

    Oh ye – that should be truthful

    We have 5 people whose lives were destroyed by having health insurance – there for the ACA must be repealed

    July 15, 2014 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  22. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Everyday another GOP political stunt. Imagine how much better average Americans would be if they actually worked for the greater good for all and not just the millionaires....

    Too bad we can't sue Congress for getting what amounts to a huge welfare check. After all they're getting paid for doing absolutely nothing. That's welfare right?

    July 15, 2014 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  23. smith

    " Americans like their coverage" Really? Notice how Czin fails to mention high deductibles, paying for coverage you don`t need or applies to the opposite sex, and higher premiums.

    July 15, 2014 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  24. Tommy G

    The problem is Obama hasn't implemented Obamacare as it was passed. Much of it has unlawfully been delayed for political reasons. When millions of Americans had their healthcare insurance coverage cancelled because of Obamacare, Obama and the Democrats paniced and pulled the plug on much of the rest of the Obamacare disaster. The worse and most intrusive parts are yet to come. Had Obamacare been implemented as signed into law, there would have a total slaughter of Democrats in 2014 & 2016 at the polls. As it stands, they will still be held responsible for the disaster called Obamacare that a majority of Americans STILL don't want.

    July 15, 2014 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  25. Rick McDaniel

    Everything Obama has done.......literally.......has been negative for America.

    July 15, 2014 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
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