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LUNDI

April 24th

Zurich Golf Classic

City Park, 11AM

Kick off to a 4-day stop on the PGA Championship tour

 

Crystal Energy Healing & Dream Play

1112 Mandeville St., 2PM

Talk dreams and crystals

 

Andrew Jackson Hotel Ghost Hunt

Andrew Jackson Hotel, 4PM

Sleepover ghost tour at the infamous hotel

 

International Sculpture Day

Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 5:30PM

Artists Tara Conley, Rachel David, and Ashley Pridmore will discuss their work

 

Big Easy Entertainment Awards

The Orpheum Theater, 6PM

29th annual event

 

New Orleans Baby Cakes

Shrine On Airline, 7PM

Baby Cakes go up against the Omaha Storm Chasers

 

Movie Screening: La Bataille de Solférino

Cafe Istanbul, 7PM

French film about the 2012 presidential election, following Macron and Le Pen's victories during this weekend's round one

 

Cacao Ceremony

Nola Yoga Loft, 7:30PM

Set intentions for the Full Moon and share a cacao elixir

 

Ooh Poo Pah Doo Monday Blues

Carver Club, 8PM

Hosted by the bar's owner Miss Judy Hill

MARDI

April 25th

Earth Day Celebration

City Park, 4PM

Kiddie crafts, cooking demos, native plant sale, yoga, and more

 

April Hobnobber

The Country Club, 5:30PM

Sip and socialize, with complimentary wine and live music

 

Movie Screening: Ipileaye

Ashé Cac, 6PM

Story of the creation of the world 

 

Pony Up for Horses

Eiffel Society, 6PM

A benefit to aid horses in need

 

Vinyasa & Vino

Nola Yoga Loft, 6:30PM

All-levels yoga following by wine and dinner

 

Swing in the Oaks

City Park, 7PM

Annual free outdoor concert feat. Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra

 

New Moon Medicine Circle

Yes, Yoga., 7:30PM

Celebrate the cycle with visualizations, meditations, journaling, ritual, and group energy healing

 

Aaron Cohen Band

Gasa Gasa, 9PM

Local faves, feat. Danny Abel Band, Shhh

 

High Profile | New Orleans Nightlife Awards

Sidney's Saloon, 10PM

Celebrate NOLA's nightlife with Garlic Junior, Jassy, and DJ Visqueen

MERCREDI

April 26th

Wednesdays at the Square

Lafayette Square, 5PM

Feat. Flow Tribe and Robin Barnes

 

Blackout Poetry Workshop

Norman Mayer Branch Library, 5PM

Teen poetry event in blackout poetry of public library books

 

Evenings with Enrique

City Park, 5PM

Feat. Raphael Bas

 

Vietnamese Style Crawfish Boil

Black Penny, 6PM

The famous boil across from Armstrong Park returns

 

Paradigm Pizza & Pies

Paradigm Gardens, 7PM

Urban farm hosts outdoor dinner, with Ancora Pizzeria

 

Eat Your Science

Saenger Theatre, 8PM

Alton Brown live

 

Movie Screening: Annie Hall

Catahoula Hotel, 8PM

Rooftop screening of the Woody Allen classic

 

Sound Observatory New Orleans: The Shape of Jazz to Come

Three Keys, 9PM

This month's event features Ashlin Parker Trio 

JEUDI

April 27th

 

NOLA Distilling Co. Grand Opening

NOLA Distilling Company, 3PM

Live music from Colin Lake, food from Frencheeze & La Cocinita food trucks

 

Movie Screening: Jazz Fest Shorts

The Old U.S. Mint, 6PM

Films from the inaugural 1970 Jazz Fest

 

Threadhead Thursday

City Park Botanical Gardens, 6PM

Feat. Marcia Ball, Brass-a-Holics, and Paul Sanchez & the Rolling Road Show

 

Sum 41 & Pierce the Veil

House of Blues, 6:30PM

The 'We Will Detonate!' tour

 

International Jazz Day

New Orleans Recreation Development Commission, 7PM

Celebration of jazz music and its influence

 

Jazz & Heritage Gala

Hyatt Regency, 7PM

19th annual benefit feat. a Neville Family Funktion and more

 

St. Paul and the Broken Bones

Orpheum Theater, 9PM

Birmingham band promotes second album "Sea of Noise" 


Mary Landrieu Slams Jindal on Health Care


After seeing Governor Jindal's Sunday appearance on Meet the Press, Senior Senator Mary Landrieu had some harsh words towards Bobby J's stance on Medicaid. The poster boy for conservative politics is telling the feds to keep their money to themselves, a move that Landrieu believes is more in the Gov.'s interest than those of his constituents. At a press conference today, Landrieu accused Bobby J of putting the 2016 presidential election before the interests of his own state.

 

In 2010, pundits and politicians across the nation discussed the constitutionality of Obama’s Affordable Care Act. Although the Supreme Court upheld “Obamacare,” states can still opt out of the provision of the bill that provides an expansion of Medicaid benefits.

“Is Governor Jindal just trying to check off his box on the Tea Party’s ‘I am the most conservative person in America,’ list?”  --Mary Landrieu

 

Shortly after the state lost $850 million in Medicaid reimbursements, Jindal indicated that Louisiana would leave the Obamacare Medicaid expansion behind. He did so in the heat of the 2012 presidential campaign, but has since stuck to his initial position.

 

Landrieu and her team emphasized the effect uninsured citizens have on the state economy. Executive Director of Families USA: the National Organization for Healthcare Consumers Ron Pollack opened up the conference. Pollack emphasized how much money consumers would save if Louisiana were to participate in the program. 

 

“If Louisiana opts into the Medicaid expansion, [we will see] very significant economic benefits for the state,” said Pollack. Over 422,000 Louisiana residents that are currently uninsured would receive coverage if Louisiana were to accept  government funding for Medicaid. 

 

Under the existing ten year plan, the feds will cover 100 percent of all Medicaid costs in 2014, 2015, and 2016. In 2017, Louisiana will incur five percent of the burden, and eventually the state will cover ten percent of the total Medicaid costs. 

 

“Traditional Medicaid programs in Louisiana has been provided with the federal government offering 61 cents out of every federal matching dollar,” Pollack went on, “This is very substantial. In the year 2016 alone, the federal government will be providing approximately 1.1 billion dollars in funds to the state’s Medicaid program."

 

The ACA advocate also explained that under the current system, hospitals and taxpayers are forced to take on the burden of people who cannot afford lifesaving care. Ultimately, Landrieu’s team argues, Medicaid expansion will help small businesses and the state’s economy. 

 

Bobby J is showing no indications that he’ll budge on Medicaid funding, and Senator Landrieu accused the Gov. of “fiscal malpractice.” 

 

“The governor’s obstructionism is really going to hurt the Louisiana Hospital Association, hurt their bottom line, drag on their economy, and [it is] terribly unfair,” said Landrieu. “[Jindal] seems to be adamant about putting his political future ahead of the economic interests of the people of Louisiana. It’s very disheartening to me and a growing number of people in our state,” Landrieu said.

 

Pollack and fellow healthcare expert, Moriba Karamoko, Founding Director of the Louisiana Consumer Healthcare Coalition, handled the figures while Landrieu preached politics.

 

“After a while, you wonder, what is driving these decisions?” Landrieu continued, “Is Governor Jindal just trying to check off his box on the Tea Party’s ‘I am the most conservative person in America,’ list?”   

 

In case Landrieu wasn’t clear enough, Pollack came out and said the word "president" in his response to a reporter’s question. Noting that Republican governors such as Jan Brewer of Arizona, Susana Martinez of New Mexico, Jack Dalrymple of North Dakota, and Rick Snyder of Michigan have all accepted Medicaid through ACA, Pollack suggested Jindal had his own reasons for refusing the extra dough. “Governor Jindal seems to have a different political equation, [he’s more concerned for] running for president and making a good name for himself with right wing voters as opposed to the interests of Louisiana.”  

 

Landrieu and Pollack's accusations about Governor Jindal's motives are highly unusual, and they mark a shift in the discourse surrounding healthcare in Louisiana.  

 

The Governor’s appearance on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday, February 24, was very telling. Jindal was firm in his responses to questions concerning Medicaid, but less direct in his answers to questions concerning the 2016 election. 

 

Host David Gregory asked Jindal why he remains steadfast in his refusal despite other governors’ bipartisan tendencies.

 

“Every governor needs to make the decision that’s best for their state,” said Jindal. “For Louisiana, this will cost taxpayers over a billion dollars over the next ten years,” he said. 

 

Jindal cited a lack of flexibility and unsatisfactory reform as reasons that Louisiana is better off without the feds. Specifically, the Gov has a bone to pick with the 468 exemptions in the Louisiana tax code.

 

“Government cannot be the answer to all of our problems,” he said.  “I do believe that everyone in American should have access to affordable healthcare, but I agree with what the President said in 2009. It doesn’t make sense to put more people in this program [without reforming it],” Jindal said. 
 

 

When Gregory asked Jindal about rumors of a 2016 run, Jindal responded, “Nobody in the Republican Party should be thinking about running for president, we have to win the debate first,” he said. 
 

 

UPDATE: 5:43pm

Governor Jindal’s office issued a press release responding to Landrieu’s statements. In reaction to the accusation that he is prioritizing national politics over the interests of his constituents, Jindal’s office said, “Senator Landrieu voted to cut Louisiana's Medicaid program by over a billion dollars and now she's worried about Louisiana families? Sounds like she’s gearing up for another campaign.”

 

According to Jindal’s office, opting out of Medicaid is better for Louisiana’s long term economic health. “The reality is Medicaid relies on an outdated model that costs taxpayers billions of dollars for poor outcomes. Yet, President Obama and his ally, Senator Landrieu, would have you believe that a government program is good for economic development. It’s a fundamental philosophical difference. Senator Landrieu and President Obama believe that growing government will help grow jobs. That’s not how the economy works.”

 

NoDef received a release from Jindal's office after the original version of the article was published. The article was updated at 5:43pm. 




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