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Democratic Party chair says expect more problems because of health cuts

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BATON ROUGE- Senator Karen Carter Peterson, D- New Orleans, says state leaders should have done more to prevent a federal Medicaid reduction.

The reduction will cost the LSU Health System $317 million dollars.  Peterson says the reduction will cost everyone because it will prevent care on the front end, making people with chronic problems more likely to use emergency rooms as a primary care facility.

The Democratic Party Chairwoman also claims Congressional leaders like Senator David Vitter, R- La., did not do enough to fight the reduction because of an agenda to privatize things like prison, education and health care.

The Jindal Administration says the cuts will not impact a partnership between Our Lady of the Lake and Earl K. Long Medical Centers.  In fact, the administration says that type of project is needed to help Louisiana deal with current budget challenges.

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