Bobby Jindal on Health Care

Republican Governor; previously Representative (LA-1)


My plan puts patients & doctors back in control

My plan has been online for over a year. It gets rid of ObamaCare. It actually puts Americans, their patients, their doctors back in control. And, it actually helps those that really need this help. I am the only candidate running that refused to expand Medicaid. I'm the only one that did what we could to fight ObamaCare.
Source: Fox Business/WSJ Second Tier debate , Nov 10, 2015

No to Supreme Court justices who support ObamaCare

Justice Roberts twice rewrote the law to save ObamaCare, the biggest expansion of government, creating a new entitlement when we can't afford the government we've got today, an expansion of socialism in our country. It's not that he got a minor ruling wrong. This is twice he rewrote the law.
Source: 2015 Republican two-tiered primary undercard debate on CNN , Sep 16, 2015

ObamaCare changes American dream into European nightmare

Q: Ohio Governor John Kasich took the federal money for Medicaid expansion under ObamaCare. You passed on those tax dollars. Why was he wrong?

JINDAL: Under President Obama and Secretary Clinton, they're working hard to change the American dream into the European nightmare. They do celebrate more dependence on the government. Give Bernie Sanders credit: he's honest enough to call himself a socialist. Barack Obama & Hillary Clinton, they're no better. If we were to expand Medicaid, we're going to have too many people in the cart rather than pulling the cart. This isn't free money. There is a better way to provide health care. Simply expanding Medicaid does not improve health care outcomes. In Louisiana, instead we're helping people get jobs so they can provide for their own health care.

Q: So Governor Kasich was wrong?

JINDAL: I don't think anybody should be expanding Medicaid. It's a mistake to create new and more expensive entitlement programs when we can't afford the ones we've got today.

Source: Fox News/Facebook Second Tier debate transcript , Aug 6, 2015

America Next: $100B subsidy to repeal and replace ObamaCare

On Obamacare, Jindal says he would repeal and replace it with a new system.

Jindal, who ran the Louisiana health system when he was still in his 20s, has said the Affordable Care Act is a drain on the economy and bad healthcare policy. The governor has released a 23-page replacement proposal, called "America Next," which would create a new tax deduction for healthcare and set up a new $100 billion government subsidy fund to help individuals earning low incomes or with pre-existing conditions purchase insurance. In 2013, Jindal proposed delaying the Medicaid expansion and health care exchanges under Obamacare to save enough money to avoid across-the-board budget cuts

Source: PBS News Hour "2016 Candidate Stands" series , Jun 24, 2015

Ebola isn't the last epidemic; it's just a harbinger

Speaking about the international epidemic threat, Jindal warned that the Ebola virus was a harbinger. "It's not the last potential epidemic in Africa," said Jindal, a former administrator of medical services at the state and federal levels.
Source: Huffington Post 2014 coverage of 2016 presidential hopefuls , Sep 16, 2014

Market-based alternatives to top-down ObamaCare

Source: Leadership and Crisis, by Bobby Jindal, p.194-198 , Nov 15, 2010

Healthcare is a right; but instrument is the marketplace

Before the debate over Obama's healthcare bill, we were discussing SCHIP expansion. Republicans should have argued we wanted children to have coverage too, but instead of relying on a government-run system that crowds out existing private coverage and wastes taxpayer dollars, we should introduce tax credits, voluntary purchasing pools, and other private sector incentives.

I believe healthcare is a right. The issue is not whether or not to expand and improve healthcare--but whether the instrument of reform will be the government or the private sector. In my view, the government's role should be ensuring a robust marketplace that is competitive (so consumers have choice), transparent (so consumers can make informed decisions), accountable (so resources are leveraged to reward good clinical outcomes rather than simply paying for the process of care), effective (by engaging consumers in making good health choices for themselves and their families), and accessible (so healthcare is affordable).

Source: Leadership and Crisis, by Bobby Jindal, p.188-189 , Nov 15, 2010

Euthanasia cheapens life just like abortion & infanticide

Think about elderly folks who are barely functional and no longer enjoy life. I bet those old timers would rather not be a burden after all. Calling Dr. Kevorkian...

If human beings have no inherent value, their value comes solely from being useful. Not useful? Then not much of a reason to live.

I'm not suggesting everyone who disagrees with me on the issue of euthanasia takes these views. But if you believe human beings are essentially indistinguishable from animals, you run the risk of viewing life and death issues differently from those who believe there is something profound that separates us from the animal kingdom.

Those who promote the concept that some human life is more valuable than any other life, and therefore advocate abortion, infanticide, and euthanasia, cheapen human life and lay the groundwork for all sorts of destructive behavior. What we need is a culture of life that values human beings as unique creatures who were made by our Creator.

Source: Leadership and Crisis, by Bobby Jindal, p.219-222 , Nov 15, 2010

Universal access, but not government-run

Republicans believe in a simple principle: No American should have to worry about losing their health coverage--period. We stand for universal access to affordable health care coverage. What we oppose is universal government-run health care. Health care decisions should be made by doctors and patients, not by government bureaucrats. If we put aside partisan politics and work together, we can make our system of private medicine affordable and accessible for every one of our citizens.
Source: GOP response to the 2009 State of the Union address , Feb 24, 2009

Move away from ER to primary care; cover 100,000 uninsured

The Louisiana Health First initiative outlines improvements in our health care system that factor in the serious fiscal circumstances we face today and make it clear that we cannot make these improvements wait another year. The initiative includes: Covering 100,000 additional Louisianians who are uninsured today; We must move away from an all-or-nothing one-size-fits-all system; We must move away from the ER to primary care.

Under the initiative, the state will for the first time be able to hold our healthcare system accountable for outcomes in Medicaid. Right now, all we can do is pay over 50 million claims a year to over 30,000 providers. We get a bill and we pay it, with no assurance that the service was necessary, improved the patient's health, or was even safe.

Source: 2009 State of the State Address , Jan 8, 2009

Voted NO on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D.

Would require negotiating with pharmaceutical manufacturers the prices that may be charged to prescription drug plan sponsors for covered Medicare part D drugs.

Proponents support voting YES because:

This legislation is an overdue step to improve part D drug benefits. The bipartisan bill is simple and straightforward. It removes the prohibition from negotiating discounts with pharmaceutical manufacturers, and requires the Secretary of Health & Human Services to negotiate. This legislation will deliver lower premiums to the seniors, lower prices at the pharmacy and savings for all taxpayers.

It is equally important to understand that this legislation does not do certain things. HR4 does not preclude private plans from getting additional discounts on medicines they offer seniors and people with disabilities. HR4 does not establish a national formulary. HR4 does not require price controls. HR4 does not hamstring research and development by pharmaceutical houses. HR4 does not require using the Department of Veterans Affairs' price schedule.

Opponents support voting NO because:

Does ideological purity trump sound public policy? It shouldn't, but, unfortunately, it appears that ideology would profoundly change the Medicare part D prescription drug program, a program that is working well, a program that has arrived on time and under budget. The changes are not being proposed because of any weakness or defect in the program, but because of ideological opposition to market-based prices. Since the inception of the part D program, America's seniors have had access to greater coverage at a lower cost than at any time under Medicare.

Under the guise of negotiation, this bill proposes to enact draconian price controls on pharmaceutical products. Competition has brought significant cost savings to the program. The current system trusts the marketplace, with some guidance, to be the most efficient arbiter of distribution.

Reference: Medicare Prescription Drug Price Negotiation Act; Bill HR 4 ("First 100 hours") ; vote number 2007-023 on Jan 12, 2007

Voted YES on denying non-emergency treatment for lack of Medicare co-pay.

Vote to pass a resolution, agreeing to S. AMDT. 2691 that removes the following provisions from S 1932:
Reference: Reconciliation resolution on the FY06 budget; Bill H Res 653 on S. AMDT. 2691 ; vote number 2006-004 on Feb 1, 2006

Improve services for people with autism & their families.

Jindal co-sponsored improving services for people with autism & their families

Amends the Public Health Service Act to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to:

  1. convene, on behalf of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee, a Treatments, Interventions, and Services Evaluation Task Force to evaluate evidence-based biomedical and behavioral treatments and services for individuals with autism;
  2. establish a multi-year demonstration grant program for states to provide evidence-based autism treatments, interventions, and services.
  3. establish planning and demonstration grant programs for adults with autism;
  4. award grants to states for access to autism services following diagnosis;
  5. award grants to University Centers of Excellence for Developmental Disabilities to provide services and address the unmet needs of individuals with autism and their families;
  6. make grants to protection and advocacy systems to address the needs of individuals with autism and other emerging populations of individuals with disabilities; and
  7. award a grant to a national nonprofit organization for the establishment and maintenance of a national technical assistance center for autism services and information dissemination.
  8. Directs the Comptroller General to issue a report on the financing of autism services and treatments.
Source: Promise for Individuals With Autism Act (S.937 & HR.1881) 07-HR1881 on Apr 17, 2007

Establish a national childhood cancer database.

Jindal co-sponsored establishing a national childhood cancer database

Conquer Childhood Cancer Act of 2007 - A bill to advance medical research and treatments into pediatric cancers, ensure patients and families have access to the current treatments and information regarding pediatric cancers, establish a population-based national childhood cancer database, and promote public awareness of pediatric cancers.

    Authorizes the Secretary to award grants to childhood cancer professional and direct service organizations for the expansion and widespread implementation of:
  1. activities that provide information on treatment protocols to ensure early access to the best available therapies and clinical trials for pediatric cancers;
  2. activities that provide available information on the late effects of pediatric cancer treatment to ensure access to necessary long-term medical and psychological care; and
  3. direct resource services such as educational outreach for parents, information on school reentry and postsecondary education, and resource directories or referral services for financial assistance, psychological counseling, and other support services.
Legislative Outcome: House version H.R.1553; became Public Law 110-285 on 7/29/2008.
Source: Conquer Childhood Cancer Act (S911/HR1553) 07-S911 on Mar 19, 2007

Loosen "one-size-fits-all" approach to Medicaid.

Jindal signed Letter to Pres. Obama from 32 Governors

As Governors, we are writing to you regarding the excessive constraints placed on us by healthcare-related federal mandates. One of our biggest concerns continues to be the Maintenance of Effort (MOE) provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which prevent states from managing their Medicaid programs for their unique Medicaid populations. We ask for your immediate action to remove these MOE requirements so that states are once again granted the flexibility to control their program costs and make necessary budget decisions.

Every Governor, Republican and Democrat, will face unprecedented budget challenges in the coming months. Efforts to regulate state operations impose greater uncertainty on our budgets for oncoming years and create a perfect storm when coupled with the current state of the economy.

Health and education are the primary cost drivers for most state budgets. Medicaid enrollment is up. Revenues are down. States are unable to afford the current Medicaid program, yet our hands are tied by the MOE requirements. The effect of the federal requirements is unconscionable; the federal requirements force Governors to cut other critical state programs, such as education, in order to fund a "one-size-fits-all" approach to Medicaid. Again, we ask you to lift the MOE requirements so that states may make difficult budget decisions in ways that reflect the needs of their residents.

Source: Letter to Obama from 32 Governors 110107-Gov on Jan 7, 2011

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