Newell: Louisiana legislators are putting citizens at risk

Newell Normand
May 11, 2018 - 5:37 pm

40,000 people on Medicaid are in danger of losing their state aid that keeps them in nursing homes because politicians are playing politics instead of doing their jobs.

Here are some of Newell Normand's HOT TAKES:

  • I've talked many times about how we keep kicking the can down the road. We don't seem to be able to compromise on anything from a budget standpoint. I don't know. Some days I just get so angry when I read some of the comments from some members of the state legislature, warning folks about what would happen if we didn't fund the budget.
  • Sen. Sharon Hewitt says the Department of Health should be focused on identifying fraud rather than kicking grandma out of the nursing home. Are you kidding me?
  • Rep. Cameron Henry says the warnings are premature. Premature means "before it's done or ready." The State's ready. They're ready to tackle this issue with the Legislature. You, Cameron Henry, are premature. You're not ready to do what needs to be done. You're putting Louisiana citizens in a bad situation.
  • To steal a phrase from Sen. John Kennedy, these positions you're taking stink. They stink so bad they smell like two day old road kill. The fact of the matter, Rep. Henry, is that you're kicking the can down the road.
  • Why don't we do this? Take your shoes off so you can feel the can when you're kicking it. Maybe you'll stub your toe. Maybe you should stop wearing your Bobby Jindal jersey as a nightgown and spend a couple nights on the House floor and develop a financial strategy that's going to work. Come up with a compromise so that we don't have 40,000 people worrying about where they're going to be in July.
  • These are the less-than-fortunate who are having difficult times. In fact, many of these people don't even have family members in the state. They have no place to go. They can't just snap their fingers and come up with new accommodations.
  • You're going to wait until the 11th hour to pass this? And nobody is supposed to say anything? You want to say people are premature? I just don't get it. How many special sessions do we have to go through? Here we are again, worrying about making this person look good and this person look bad and not worrying about the Louisiana citizen.

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