Mike Bertaud is the senior economist for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana. Bertaud assesses the possible repeal of the Affordable Care Act as the U.S. House voted Thursday to scrap the health care law that has been in place since 2010.
Health care funding bleeds the most when Louisiana’s budget is in the red. Since it appears the scalpel will be wielded for some time yet to come, how do gubernatorial candidates plan to stitch Louisiana’s health care together?
”I would accept the Medicaid expansion, and I would do it very early in my administration,” John Bel Edwards says, adding that it makes fiscal sense. “They’re our tax dollars that are going to other states.”
David Vitter is more reserved about accepting the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act.
“I have not taken off the table — I’ve been very clear about this — expanding coverage under the Medicaid program.” But, Vitter says he would set conditions for doing so.
Jack Hua is a third year medical school student at Tulane University. "It's such an enormous feat to get into medical school. We've been working hard for a really long time. The specialties make so much more money. Obviously, someone making $150,000 a year is going to be well-off, it's just that when you compare that to $450,000..." he says.
Dr. David Carmouche, Chief Medical Officer of Blue Cross Blue Shield Louisiana, and BCBSLA economist Mike Bertaut talk about state Medicaid cuts and how they'll affect folks, and changes this year brought about by the Patient Protection & Affordable Care act, also called "Obamacare".
Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra Conductor Tim Muffett discusses Diana Ross's sold out performance tonight, and the symphony's 2013 season.