Jindal Not Implementing Obamacare
Bobby Jindal, the Governor of Louisiana is one of the possible running mates for Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. He said that even though the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act last week, he was not going to implement it in Louisiana. Jindal said the health care law was a blow to the freedoms of Americans and the President forced that it on the American public.
Jindal said the law means what next will be allowable in the future. He said taxes on people who are refusing to drive a particular car or eat a particular tofu are on the horizon if the law is implemented. Jindal promised that Louisiana would not set up any exchanges.
Under the new legislation, states must set up a program of health insurance exchange before January of 2014. They will be given federal grants to implement the exchange. However, Jindal says he will wait for the November election to see if Romney is elected and then repeals the legislation. That however would be difficult to do, even if Romney does win in November.
Jindal was clear the health care act would not make it way into Louisiana if he has any say about it. He said the state was committed to working with Romney to have the law repealed. Governor McConnell of Virginia said he would evaluate the law but hoped that after the November election it would be repealed by Romney if he won the election.