Jindal: GOP needs 'Obamacare' alternative
WASHINGTON - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is offering an alternative to President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, saying states should play a greater role in containing health care costs.
The potential 2016 presidential candidate says Obama's health care law should be "repealed in its entirety" but says fellow Republicans need to offer a better way to reform the health care system.
Jindal's plan would create a $100 billion grant program that states could access if they create insurance reforms to control costs. To participate, states would need to guarantee access to people with pre-existing conditions, a key part of Obamacare.
The Democratic National Committee responded by noting that under Jindal one in five Louisiana residents did not have health insurance, one of the highest rates in the country. The DNC called Jindal's announcement "a rehash of failed Republican ideas that have been - and will continue to be - rejected by the voters."
Obama on Tuesday trumpeted more than 7 million people who have signed up for his health care law despite a troubled rollout. He says the debate over repealing the law "is over."
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