Jindal: Obama ‘Measures Success By How Many People Are On Food Stamp Rolls And Gov’t-Run Health Care’
Louisiana Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal appeared on Fox & Friends on Tuesday where he attacked President Barack Obama’s health care law and outlined how problematic it would be to implement the law in his state. “It seems to me like the President measures success by how many people are on food stamp rolls and government-run health care,” said Jindal. “That’s not the American dream.”
Co-host Gretchen Carlson asked Jindal to expand on an analogy he advanced earlier when he said that the health care law is like Mardi Gras – good for some states but not for others.
Jindal said that the law forces states to expand Medicaid to cover more people, but many Republican governors are now opting not to implement the Affordable Care Act.
“I made the case that Republican governors, and certainly I in Louisiana, are going to stand up and say no,” said Jindal. “It’s a bad law. It doesn’t do what the President promised.” He said that premiums and costs associated with health care have gone up since the law was passed.
He went on to say that as many as 20 million people are likely to lose their employer provided health care coverage as a result of the law.
“This law is bad health policy,” said Jindal. “We now are in the middle of the greatest recession since the Great Depression. Our President, he has accumulated trillion dollar deficits every year. And in response to that, he creates a brand new entitlement program when we can’t afford the government we’ve already got.”
He said Republican governors are not going to implement this law, but they are going to try to elect Mitt Romney president to repeal the law.
Carlson asked Jindal to respond to former White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew who said that GOP governors that do not implement the law will have to answer to the people of their state.
In response, Jindal outlined a number of health care proposals supported by the Romney campaign.
“What makes this country great, in part, is that we’re not dependent on government programs,” said Jindal. “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.”
Watch the segment below via Fox News Channel:
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