McAllister Endorses Medicaid Expansion at LPB Debate

November 8, 2013
Contact: Ryan Cross

(Baton Rouge) On the same day that President Obama traveled to Louisiana to call on the state to expand Medicaid, Vance McAllister voiced support for the President’s Medicaid expansion plan.

Speaking during a Fifth Congressional District forum broadcast live on Louisiana Public Broadcasting stations, McAllister announced that he supports expanding Medicaid.

“Once again, my opponent has developed an entirely new position on healthcare,” Senator Neil Riser said. “He unashamedly changes his position depending on which group he is addressing. Now, he is attempting to redefine himself and stand with President Obama,” he said. “I have consistently opposed Medicaid expansion and Obamacare, and will continue to do so,” Riser said.

Earlier this year, the Republican-led Louisiana Legislature soundly rejected Medicaid expansion.

In April, Americans for Prosperity criticized Medicaid expansion as follows:

“Louisiana joined 25 other states in challenging the federal government, arguing that the expansion of Medicaid in the President’s health care law was unconstitutional. The state won! The Supreme Court agreed, calling the expansion a “gun to the head.” Medicaid, a health insurance program for low-income individuals, consistently fails to meet its promises. Medicaid underpays doctors and hospitals and delivers subpar health outcomes for its patients. Instead of focusing on reforming this system, proponents of expansion want to add 450,000 Louisiana residents, costing taxpayers $1.7 billion, further breaking an already crumbling system. Louisiana families deserve better.”

Sam Hanna, Publisher of the Ouachita Citizen, opined:

“According to the state, expanding the Medicaid program – per Obamacare’s dictates – would cost Louisiana taxpayers some $1.7 billion over the next decade. And that raises a few questions. Where is Louisiana going to get $1.7 billion over the next 10 years to pay for a more aggressive welfare program? Better put, by how much would funding for higher education be cut or which taxes would be raised to gin up the $1.7 billion?”

“People are tired of politician double-talk, especially on important issues like healthcare,” Riser said.


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