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Louisiana billboards advocating Medicaid expansion spur legal threats from state

MoveOn Billboards advocating for Medicaid expansion in  Louisiana have broughta threat of legal action from state officials, the progressive political action committee says.

MoveOn billboards advocating for Medicaid expansion in Louisiana have brought a threat of legal action from state officials, the progressive political action committee says.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s Mardi Gras celebration has ended and a war with the progressive political group MoveOn.org has begun.

MoveOn.org’s lawyers received a cease-and-desist letter from state of Louisiana officials Thursday, one day after the state’s Republican lieutenant governor told the Baton Rouge Advocate that the state would pursue legal action to try to take down a billboard criticizing Jindal.

MoveOn says Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne has demanded that MoveOn.org Civic Action take down the billboard that criticizes Jindal for preventing 242,000 of the state’s residents from accessing Medicaid. The billboard plays off of Louisiana’s tourism marketing campaign to make its point.

MoveOn spokesman Nick Bernin said MoveOn will “not back down in the face of baseless legal threats. If Republican officials don’t want to be criticized for keeping hundreds of thousands of Louisianans from accessing Medicaid, there’s a simple solution — they should stop preventing Louisianans from accessing Medicaid.”

Bernin called Jindal’s action a “pathetic” waste of time.

“ If he is truly concerned about Louisiana’s image, Lt. Gov Dardenne’s time should be spent getting people health care, not trying to take down a billboard.”

MoveOn in its press statement cited a poll by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies that found that 62.6 percent of Louisianans support Medicaid expansion, while only 30.8 percent oppose it.

Mississippi, Louisiana and other Southern states – with the exception of Arkansas – have rejected an offer from the federal government to fully find an expansion of Medicaid that would take in people who make slightly too much money for current Medicaid eligibility and not enough money to qualify for the Affordable Care Act health care exchanges. Mississippi‘s Republican legislators and their Southern counterparts cite the 10 portion of the expansion costs they would eventually pick up, starting with a gradual expense after three years. Supporters cite the significant health benefits expansion would bring to the working poor and the hundreds of millions of dollars in economic impact he expansions would generate.




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  1. Many conservatives just plain don’t care if poor people die. That’s the sad bottom line. If only they would take to heart the teachings of their faith.

  2. Really Gary? Somehow conservatives giving through their churches and civic organizations billions of dollars each year for the poor and needy equates to not caring? How about this… we want our dollars to actually be used for the people it is intended rather than politicians in government who just spend it on pet projects and keep the poorest in society dependant on gov’t programs. I am so tired of the liberal talking points of conservatives and how we want poor people to die… get real and do something about the issue rather than government only solutions.

  3. Gary…that’s a ridiculous statement. “Americans” are the most generous people on earth. Medicaid is not the answer.

  4. In response to Gary.

    Here we have the typical uninformed low-information lib/voter for all to witness. He takes the main stream press vitriol and attempts to repeat this as fact regarding conservative minded Americans. Outstanding Gary…by chance would you happen to have an original thought of your own? Anyway, you do not know me, or others like me. You cannot criticize my religion or my faith because you know nothing about either of these. If you did understand Christianity, you certainly would not make silly statements such as this. Your comment here portrays your level of intelligence. You my friend are the typical liberal anti-American gob-shite parrot who is a puppet talking mouth piece for masters you do not even know. My advice to you Gary is grow up and make sure that YOU contribute instead of pontificating ad nauseam from the comfort of your couch. Seeing the likes of you are so eager to spend our money, to ask YOU to contribute, I am willing to bet that the answer would be…..you cant afford it. So what right do you have to tell us that we have that responsibility. You should be ashamed of yourself. You are not a patriot, nor are you an American. Americans believe in opportunity and freedom, and if you are too lazy to get your butt off the couch, how about doing the right thing and taking responsibility yourself? Don’t make it anyone else s problem to take care of you. My advice…get a vest and hat, get a gig and become a productive part of this great America.

  5. Boggles my mind, that the first thing the Small Government crowd does…. is ask the government for help.


  6. We have way too many bums on taxpayer funded programs already.

  7. Parody is protected speech. Either they have really stupid lawyers, or they’re hoping if they harass MoveOn enough they’ll take it down, because they know they can’t actually win.

  8. This is precisely why I despise conservatives. They scream bloody murder about their freedoms, but absolutely do not believe these freedoms extend to others. Which means they are the enemies of freedom.

    “This is a free country and everyone is entitled to express their views.”

    -Bobby Jindal, when racist Duck Dynasty stars spout bigotry.

  9. Rare indeed is the church that spends even 10% of its budget on poor Americans. Most churches would rather spend thousands to fly their youth around the world for a week or two mission trip in another country than seriously help the poor within a ten mile radius of their church building. That’s their right. But the point is that if the poor had to be dependent on churches alone for help they really would starve. Anyone who rejects the expansion of Medicaid and supports cuts to food stamps is responsible for poor people dying unnecessaily. That’s the absolute truth. Trying to hide behind churches’ measly gestures of helping the poor only adds hypocrisy to cruelty. Every dog has its day and it looks like 2014 will will be the GOP’s field day. But if Republicans continue on this punish the poor (and gays and blue collar workers and Hispanics and Blacks and urban areas and basically everybody except wealthy older white folks) agenda then within one decade they will be relegated to a marginal regional party and then to extinction as the Whigs of the 21st century. That day can’t come soon enough.

  10. Correction: make that the Know-Nothings of the 21st century.

  11. Apparently, y’all need to give more. God isn’t fronting the rest.

    Apparently you’ll have to charitably give another $300 Billion – $500 Billion, because charities aren’t filling in the gap, and people aren’t dying from starvation fast enough in the US.


    And $300 Billion is World Wide Giving by US Citizens/Residents. Not all of that money stays in the country, and not much of it makes it past the inefficient NON PROFIT bureaucracy…. maybe 15% makes it to the end user in the form of assistance…. of MOST charities.

    But if you hate bureaucracy and love giving money away, I guess you can choose how you want to donate based on how they give the and the services your chosen charity provides.

  12. Medicare, Medicaid and the VA are all much more efficient than private insurance companies and devote a significantly lower percentage of their funds to administration and overhead than do private insurance companies. The government actually does some things better than the private sector but try getting Republicans to admit that. Private charity is great as far as it goes but doesn’t come anywhere close to being able to meet basic human needs for such things as food and health care.

  13. William should be required to beg Muslims and Scientologists for assistance.

  14. Find them and get them.

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