The 2016 political season is generating plenty of heat and opinion, especially on the topic of healthcare, and the ACA. Tom Kertcher’s recent article in PolitiFact is offering some punch lines from La. Gov. Bobby Jindal, as he continues criticize Wis. Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal(s) for an alternative to Obamacare. Jindal describes Walker’s healthcare overhaul proposal as “a new entitlement.”
For his part, Walker has proposed a 14 point (or “page”) idea for healthcare in the U.S.
According to Kertcher’s PolitiFact story, “Walker’s proposal, called ‘The Day One Patient Freedom plan,’ doesn’t use the word entitlement of course. But Walker also would provide tax credits to people who do not have employer-based coverage, saying they would make health insurance more affordable and more portable.”
Herein lies the rub with Jindal (and arguably others). The Louisiana governor has brought to the fore, certainly for purposes of political argument, the term “tax credits.” As Kertcher clarifies, “Several experts, from across the political spectrum, agreed that Walker’s credits are an entitlement.”
Also according to the PolitiFact account, Avik Roy of the conservative think tank, The Manhattan Institute, adds ”The core of Walker’s approach is a new, universal entitlement that every legal U.S. resident would be eligible for, regardless of income or need.”
Obamacare critic Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal pursued funds from an under-the-radar program in the Obamacare health law until the week of August 18, 2013, when his administration reversed course, citing cumbersome federal rules.
Health aides to the Louisiana governor began eyeing the program – a long-term care reform effort called Community First Choice – in 2012 and went as far as submitting a formal application to CMS. But officials say they withdrew the application Monday, August 19, 2013, because complicated federal stipulations would have undermined their efforts and likely led to lawsuits.
Gov. Bobby Jindal said Pres. Barack Obama should delay implementing his health care reforms to stave off the effects of $85 billion in federal budget cuts. During a debate with Democratic Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick on NBC’s Meet the Press, Jindal said the sequester should be an opportunity for the president to show how he would better deal with the budget deficit and shrink government.