Bobby Jindal: The President Measures Success By How Many People Are On Food Stamps
Louisiana Gov. Bob Jindal, who has vowed to reject the expansion of Medicaid under President Barack Obama’s health care law, charged Tuesday that the president “measures success by how many people are on food stamp rolls and government-run health care.”
“The president, his administration, needs to understand what makes this country great in part is that we’re not dependent on government programs,” the Republican governor said on “Fox & Friends.” “It seems to me like the president measures success by how many people are on food stamp rolls and government-run health care. That’s not the American dream.”Following the Supreme Court’s ruling last week that upheld the Affordable Care Act by finding that Congress has the power to make most Americans purchase health insurance through its authority to tax, Republicans on Capitol Hill have urged governors to consider dropping out of the provision of the law that expands Medicaid coverage.
Jindal said Tuesday that he is determined to “stand up and say no.”
“It makes no sense. This is a bad law. Obamacare, it doesn’t do what the president promised,” he said. “Governors have the right, now with the Supreme Court ruling. They should stand up. We’re not expanding Medicaid. We’re not implementing the health exchange. “
The governor said the only acceptable remedy to the president’s health care law is to replace Obama in the fall.
“We’re going to do everything we can to elect Mitt Romney; to repeal this bad law and then replace it a more patient-centered health care reform that puts patients, not the government, in control — not the government,” he said.