Following in the steps of fellow Republican Govs. Rick Scott of Florida and Greg Abbott of Texas, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is coming out strong against the Obama administration’s attempts to force states to expand Medicaid under Obamacare.
In an op-ed piece published in Friday’s Orlando Sentinel, Jindal accuses the administration of “Mafia-style tactics” by threatening to withhold $1.3 billion in funding to a Sunshine State Medicaid program unless it accepts Obamacare. Florida is one of 21 states that have opted not to expand Medicaid.
The federal funds that Florida stands to lose reimburse hospitals for caring for uninsured patients, according to the Washington Examiner, which reported last month that Gov. Rick Scott filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration, accusing it of using coercion to pressure Florida into expanding Medicaid.
In a press release about Florida’s lawsuit, Attorney General Pam Bondi said that “the federal government is trying to do precisely what the U.S. Supreme Court held that the Constitution prohibits it from doing — forcing states to expand Medicaid by threatening to cut off funding for unrelated programs.”
She accused President Barack Obama of overstepping his authority and maintained that his administration’s “blatant abuse of power” would not be tolerated by Floridians.