Will Governor Edwards swallow his pride and sign Landry’s plan?
(Baton Rouge, LA) – Attorney General Jeff Landry and House Speaker Taylor Barras partnered with Senator Fred Mills and Representative Kirk Talbot to reach across the aisle and develop a consensus behind legislation to protect people in Louisiana with pre-existing conditions, in case the Affordable Care Act is struck down by the courts. Working alongside Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon, the legislature overwhelmingly supported this bipartisan plan to ensure the people of Louisiana will have access to affordable health insurance after Obamacare.
This bipartisan effort serves as a reminder to the people of Louisiana that our elected officials, regardless of political party, can come together and make important decisions for the betterment of the state, or at least most of our elected officials can...
Unfortunately, Governor Edwards fought this bill at every stage of the legislative process. First, Edwards and his allies introduced a competing bill that failed in committee. Edwards then lashed out in the media and began slandering the bipartisan plan. Unable to disrupt the momentum of the bipartisan legislation, Edwards threw together a task force in an attempt to steal the headlines for himself. On the Senate floor, Edwards sent one of his allies to attack the bill with a hostile amendment. All of his efforts failed.
Back in April Governor Edwards said that he was looking forward to working with the Legislature to find common ground for both parties to work together. Instead he chose to sit in his mansion and attack real bipartisanship. Fortunately for Louisiana, the legislature went ahead and did the hard work, finding bipartisan ground to protect our healthcare.
Now all we need the Governor to do is stop pouting and sign the bill!