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Jindal to Decline Health Care Exchange For Louisiana
The presidential race is over, but Bobby Jindal's campaign has only begun. A day after the gov gave a long interview to Politco about his vision for the future of the Republican Party, Jindal let another national media outlet in on a bit about the future of the state he governs. Jindal told Huffington Post he is set to formally reject the health care exchange set forth in the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare), making good on a statement he made during the presidential campaign
The exchanges were a centerpiece of the health care law. Once implemented on the state level, they are set to provide a way for health insurance companies to compete with each other while meeting government standards, and let citizens apply for subsidies that will lower their health care costs. Jindal said the state would send the feds a letter Friday with intentions to opt out of the program.
"It doesn't make sense for us to do that," Jindal told HuffPo.
In response to a question about what he would do to change health care, Jindal said he thinks the president should make Medicaid more "market-based," and - like former VP candidate Paul Ryan - implement premium-support payments that would be given to beneficiaries indirecelty. Opponents of Ryan's plan have said these payments amounted to vouchers.
With Jindal apparently positioning himself for a presidential run in 2016, he talked directly about the Obama administration allowing states to implement their own reforms.
"Obviously he's going to have to decide whether he wants to work with us or not," Jindal told HuffPo.
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