Mayor puts blame on governor for ER's closure
BATON ROUGE - The mayor put some of the blame on Governor Bobby Jindal for the closure of the emergency room at Baton Rouge General Mid City.
The hospital announced this week, it was losing too much money and would close the ER in two months. It was the second time since August the hospital announced a closure of the ER. The first time, the state offered to help keep it open.
Mayor Kip Holden believes had the governor expanded Medicaid, the ER might have been saved.
"Unfortunately, the consequences of not doing that have proved very bad for Baton Rouge," Holden told WBRZ News 2 Wednesday.
In 2013, the governor said Medicaid is outdated and the expansion is an improper growth of federal entitlement spending. Health care organizations and advocacy groups urged him to reconsider.
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