Report: Vitter Pledges Support for Medicaid Expansion

Monday, 16 Jun 2014 07:00 PM

By Jason Devaney

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Sen. David Vitter said Monday that he would support providing free healthcare to low-income adults.

The Hill reports that Vitter, a Republican who is running for governor of Louisiana, expressed his backing for the Medicaid expansion included in Obamacare. He said he supports the plan, but only if it does not draw resources from other priorities, reports The Hill.

"We need to improve and reform Medicaid, and I want to look at everything that could be brought to bear to do that," Vitter said. "Now, could more federal resources help to do that? They could, if it's done right and if it's done in a constructive way."

Other Louisiana conservatives have the opposite viewpoint on the subject. Outgoing Gov. Bobby Jindal is against the Medicaid expansion, as is Rep. Bill Cassidy. Cassidy is trying to win Democrat Mary Landrieu's Senate seat.

State Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, chairwoman of the Louisiana Democratic Party, welcomed a dialogue with Vitter regarding the issue.

"We welcome the senator to the conversation about covering more than 240,000 uninsured Louisianians," she said. "It's a shame that he waited until after [the legislative] session to make his opinions known."

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.


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