Posted: 3:37 pm Monday, June 16th, 2014

David Vitter open to Medicaid expansion in Louisiana 

By Daniel Malloy

David Vitter is one of the most conservative Republicans in the U.S. Senate, but in his campaign for governor of Louisiana he’s open to expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. From The Associated Press:

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana — Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter, running to be Louisiana’s next governor, is leaving the door open to a possible expansion of the state’s Medicaid program to cover more of the working poor, as allowed under the federal health care law.

Vitter said Monday that he’s not opposed to the expansion if Louisiana can improve the performance of its Medicaid program and if the expansion doesn’t draw state resources away from other spending priorities like higher education.

The comments came in a wide-ranging question-and-answer session with the Press Club of Baton Rouge, largely looking ahead to the 2015 governor’s race.

Vitter’s stance on the Medicaid expansion was in contrast to Gov. Bobby Jindal’s staunch opposition to the idea. The Republican governor has refused to consider any proposals for expanding the program.

It also stands in contrast to Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, who has been adamantly opposed to the expansion as unaffordable in the long run. Democrat Jason Carter, meanwhile, is playing up his support for Medicaid expansion as he steps up his attacks on Deal.

117 comments
MiltonMan
MiltonMan

Libs answer to Gov. Deal:  "Vote for our guy Jason."  Jason is nothing more than a confused lib trying to act like a con.

hamiltonAZ
hamiltonAZ

Jindal and Deal are a part of the Republican Governor's Club that swore fealty to a leadership who have a single mantra - #thanksobama

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

The Savannah Morning News was at the Georgia School Board Association at their summer conference Last Friday when gubernatorial candidate Jason Carter made an address and he was asked:  “Well, how are you going to do what you want to do without raising taxes?”
Carter replied and tipped his hand: " We don’t. We cannot and I would not ask the people of Georgia to pay more in state taxes … right now.”

Ralph-43
Ralph-43

Now that Jan Jones and the 'cheerleaders' have castrated Deal - I guess we should pile the dead bodies over at her house rather than up at the state capitol.  With 17,000 available next year - I guess a few can go down to Republican headquarters as well.  Jan will probably want the corpses of the children and babies -  the Republicans can have the corpses of the young adults.  If Grady closes - we'll have to use the state legislators to move them around.

BuckheadBoy
BuckheadBoy

When it comes to the US, the Republicans seem to worry a lot about spending. But, for anywhere and everywhere else, not so much.

EdUktr
EdUktr

Saturday's 11th Congressional District debate between Barry Loudermilk and Bob Barr was largely about illegal immigration, the amnesty issue and Obama's refusal to enforce our immigration laws.

But today's AJC summary of the debate doesn't mention any of that. How come, Jim?

Kamchak
Kamchak

Congrats to the USMNT for their 2-1 win against Ghana!

Bernie31
Bernie31

U.S. Senator David Vitter is OPEN to SEEING HOOKERS TOO! as long as it is a SECRET!  and no one else knows...like the FBI & his Wife!

uh...huh.

PSWallace
PSWallace

I don't think you can be a pol in LA without promising some sort of government largesse. Legacy of Kingfish and all. Second-most corrupt state in the Union, correct? According to that recent survey posted at this august paper?

Let Mr. Vitter and his fine citizens do as they wish, I see no reason to follow their example in this, and in other things.

honested
honested

@MiltonMan 

No, old man, it's called 'leadership'.

You make it clear why that concept is so difficult for you to recognize.

honested
honested

@hamiltonAZ 

Does the rga emblem portray a fat, middle aged white guy hitting himself in the head with a large mallet?

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

@The_Centrist Such a pity! Our intrepid cub reporter and his loyal sidekick td find the roadblocks to starting their own blog so overwhelming. If only having their own blog was not so complicated, they would show ol' Jim Galloway and Company a thing or two about reporting the news!! But alas, we are deprived of their wit and wisdom by the arduous, almost incomprehensible steps the internets and librul media require of one to start their own blog.

We can only hope that someday everyone will be allowed access to the internets, and the free exchange of delusional ideas will be open to everyone, not just elitists like Galloway, who refuses to listen to these intellectual giants of the tea bag sect, choosing instead to post boring facts and figures rather than what our esteemed da centrist tells him to.

CuriousPrime
CuriousPrime

@EdUktr Ask Kyle why Loudermilk and Barr are wasting time on immigration when they both agree on doing nothing.

DS
DS

Didn't mention the $1.8 million settlements in the Nathan Deal ethics case either. In case you missed it:

ATLANTA -- The state has reached settlements in lawsuits surrounding an investigation into Gov. Nathan Deal's 2010 campaign.

Current Ethics Commission Chairman Kevin Abernethy confirmed all of the outstanding lawsuits by former employees of the Georgia ethics commission (formally known as the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission) have been settled.

Settlement amounts are:

- Sherilyn Streicker, former commission deputy director: $1 million

- John Hair, former commission computer specialist: $410,000

- Elisabeth Murray-Obertein, former commission atty.: $477,500

Streicker and Hair had filed lawsuits, but Murray-Obertein did not. These settlements come after the April Fulton County jury verdict awarded former commission director Stacey Kalberman $1.3 million.

The former workers claimed they were punished by the commission during their investigation of Governor Nathan Deal's 2010 Gubernatorial campaign.

honested
honested

@EdUktr 

bobbar (although the last valuable service he provided to America was to put 'pat the swindler' in prison) will stomp barry 'crazy' loudermilk.

Otherwise, who cares.

The-Centrist
The-Centrist

"today's AJC summary of the debate doesn't mention any of that"

As a brilliant blogger often says -

Go to www.blogspot.com.

Set up your own blog.

Talk about whatever you want.

You and _Centrist can whine about the evil AJC all you want.  Every post, if you choose!

Easy peasy.

Kamchak
Kamchak

@EdUktr 

...the amnesty issue...

Ronaldo Reaganendez' 1986 amnesty says, "What?"

Just reiteratin'.

NWGAL
NWGAL

Welcome back!

Kamchak
Kamchak

@PSWallace 

Second-most corrupt state in the Union, correct?

Got proof?

LookbeforeIleap
LookbeforeIleap

@PSWallace 

"I don't think you can be a pol in LA without promising some sort of government largesse"

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I don't think you can be a pol in ANY state without promising some sort of government largesse.

Though in some states that largesse is promised to corporations and cronies as opposed to citizens.

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

Do Galloway and crew continue to ignore this in their next blogs, or find some way to downplay it?

td1234
td1234

@The_Centrist


Senator Carter, 


You want to expand Medicaid and increase spending for education but you voted for the Constitutional Amendment to cap the states income tax and we must balance our budget each year, can you please give us some details as to where you plan to get the revenues for these increased spending priorities? 

honested
honested

@The_Centrist 

It is refreshing that some Candidates for elective office take a reality based approach to revenue!!

honested
honested

@Ralph-43 @Jack_Republican 

Why is it that the wrong-wing is incapable of absorbing that fact.

The money is already collected and allocated.

For those who whine about 'we're just borrowing it from China', no we're not. You are confusing the money we are borrowing to service the bush war debt with Medicaid financing.

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

@DS - Paying off Democrats and lawyers is just a cost of doing government business in Fulton County.

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

This is a screen name stealing, liberal hypocrite sock puppet.  While it shows his/her lack of integrity and ethics, it also shows how far at least this one leftist will go with such "debate" tactics and those who won't condemn them.

Scum.

CuriousPrime
CuriousPrime

@Kamchak @PSWallace Actually, according to the DOJ as reported in the Business Insider, LA was the nation's MOST corrupt state if you count the rate of public corruption convictions of government officials from 2002-2011.

Wascatlady
Wascatlady

@td1234 @The_Centrist Oh, I don't know.  Perhaps turn off the spigot of special tax deals for certain people and businesses?  The tax deal for Gulfstream (all Georgians buy its products) and the dollar for dollar income tax write-off for private school "scholarships" might be a start. Getting rid of Nathan's friends and family in made-up positions might also save a million or two.  The list can go on and on.  There are ANY NUMBER of things a SMALLER GOVERNMENT could do to fund truly important things for the largest number of people.

honested
honested

@td1234 @The_Centrist 

Senator Carter can count on REASONABLE Georgians to defeat the short-sighted and dangerous 'cap' idea.

One can hope (realizing this is still Georgia) that we will elect a Legislature unlikely to attempt such narrow minded revenue gimmicks in the future.

Why do wrong wingers prefer underfunded, ethically challenged Governance?

Shar1
Shar1

@The_Centrist @DS  You mean the way that Deal paid off Chip Rogers at taxpayer expense with that cushy, budget-busting job at GPTV?  Or the way he paid off the Wilheit family, big campaign contributors, with the chair of the Board of Regents and a giveaway of taxpayer funded and improved land in Dahlonega?  Or his pay off of the spectacularly incompetent, but generous, Charley English with the taxpayer funded post as head of the GA Emergency Management Agency, a job he didn't even show up for during the forecasted snow storm that left thousands of Georgians stranded in dangerous conditions while Deal stuffed his face at lobbyists' expense at the Ritz Carlton? 

DS
DS

@The_Centrist. I see.

So Nathan Deal doesn't mind spending $3.1 million taxpayer dollars to settle these cases rather than defend the honor and integrity of the ethics commission (and the governor's office too).

Wait... He already tried that. He lost.

Witnesses testified under oath that the ethics investigation was shut down, and that the governor's office was involved. And jury members said they were amazed that the case even came to trial. Open and shut case.

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

@The_Centrist  Oh oh. I think he really means it this time. He put it in BOLD!  That means all gloves are off.

anothercomment
anothercomment

We can't forget we just wasted over $3 million to settle case over Deals ethics case retaliation for folks in the ethics office actually trying to look into his unethical dealings. So let's see this is $3 million we would save that could go to education. Then their will be the money from the lawsuit by United Healthcare for the state sponsored bid rigging so BCBS could get the state healthcare contract. That will be a big chunk of change.

Over and over independent economist have shown that the 70k jobs tax paying jobs will be created by insuring 600,000 currently under insured people. The taxes from those jobs plus the taxes off what they purchase and the additional jobs they creat will pay for Georgia 10% repayment easily after year 3. Then if you count all the jobs those initial people create then that is a lot of new taxes and jobs, followed by more commerce. Let's just have an example of a doctor new to the area. He is going to buy a $600k + house near the hospital. That is $7k in property taxes. $36k in state taxes. Probably another $3-4k to register his two new cars. Another $1'500 to register the boat. He hired an architect/ contractor to design build the house that is a minimum of $60k. . All the trades people made $300k for the job, say ten employees made $30,000 each for their labor . The Home Depot and other stores hire ten people to sell the 150 k in materials you buy from them , the remaking $150 k goes to the manufacturers who used 150 to manufacturer the various components, it goes on down the line. Let's not forget the areal estate commissions of $18 k each side. A few thousands to lawyers, title clerks, $500 for an appraisal.. Morgage brokers. The folks go out to dinner, buy clothes, keep their cell phone, become able to move up. It just keeps on adding up it is a nob remainder for states to expand Medicai moor alla. €00p

td1234
td1234

@Wascatlady Yes, lets get rid of those special tax breaks to businesses so that they can all move to NY where they are offering 10 years of no taxes to open your business in their state. 

td1234
td1234

@DS These same issues were there in the primary and yet the people of Georgia did not care because they did not unite to vote him out of office. 


Deal will not be the Governor for the next 4 years so you might as well get use to it. 

Wascatlady
Wascatlady

@td1234 @Wascatlady They might go.  That weather in NY is so great, as well as the degree of unionizing.  


Do we pay off every blackmailer?  Is that what you think the state should do with tax money?


Is the business of smaller government to not only pick winners and losers, but SUBSIDIZE THEM as well?

MiltonMan
MiltonMan

Served me well - much better than the dingbat Roy Barnes that you libs keep sending our way.

honested
honested

@td1234 @DS 

tiny dog, 

Why do wrong-wingers prefer corruption over ethical, adequately funded governance?

DS
DS

@td1234, you're correct, these same issues were there during the primary.

But a poll showed that only 50% of likely voters knew about the Kalberman verdict. Of those who knew, most were convinced that Nathan Deal was meddling in his ethics investigation.

I believe that most Georgians would prefer a governor who is both honest and competent. Nathan Deal is neither.

honested
honested

@MiltonMan 

So you prefer crooked, underfunded Governance with a side of pointless anti-Washington spite too?

td1234
td1234

@DS Deal had all the same, if not worse, ethical complaints when he ran 4 years ago and Barnes made sure the entire state knew about them and he still won by 10 points. 


I think most people in this state believe all politicians are corrupt to some degree and do not really care (unless or until there is a criminal charge) as long as they are getting what they want out of government. For most Republicans that means low taxes and for Democrats it means more spending on social welfare programs.