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State lawmakers looking for compromise with federal health care plan

3 years ago November 08, 2012 Nov 8, 2012 Thursday, November 08 2012 Thursday, November 08, 2012 4:51:19 PM CST in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Mike Steele

BATON ROUGE- Some state lawmakers hope Governor Bobby Jindal will help work through issues with President Obama's healthcare reforms, now that the election is over.

The health care plan is aimed at guaranteeing health care coverage for the uninsured, among other reforms.

Governor Jindal had previously stated he wanted Mitt Romney to win and work with Congress to repeal the plan. Jindal called the Affordable Care Act too expensive for the state and an expansion of entitlement programs.

Representative Ted James, D- Baton Rouge, says he would like the governor to soften his rhetoric and work through the issues.  He says there is no doubt the plan would save the state money, because healthier people need less care.

Other lawmakers said they have not heard from the Jindal administation about any potential impact of Barack Obama's re-election.  Representative John Schroder, R-Covington, says he would like more information.

Governor Jindal did not return several requets for comment about post-election plans.  According to CNN exit polls, nearly half of the voters in several states do not support all or portions of President Obama's plan.

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