Jindal Administration Says ‘No’ To Louisiana Creating Its Own Health Insurance Market
A letter was mailed Wednesday by Louisiana Health and Hospitals Secretary Bruce Greenstein of the Jindal administration telling federal officials that Louisiana will leave it to the federal government to run the state's health insurance exchange.
This is in response to the national health care overhaul, more specifically, the exchanges that are set to be launched in January 2014 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. These exchanges, according to the Obama administration, will allow people and small businesses to shop for private coverage from a range of competing insurers.
In Greenstein's letter, he called the law "bad policy" and said it's unworkable. Gov. Jindal has long been an opponent of President Obama's health care law. He believes this law allows the federal government to inappropriately expand which he believes will put a heavy cost on the state and businesses.