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Stopping Medicaid expansion: the uses and abuses of racial code words

The delusional nature of the opponents of Medicaid expansion would be funny if it weren’t going to cost lives.

Something Like the Truth

By Robert Mann

I’ll stipulate that Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is not a racist.

Nor are the Republican members of the House Health and Welfare Committee who Wednesday voted unanimously to reject billions in federal funds to expand the state’s Medicaid program to the state’s working poor.

But I do believe that Jindal and some opponents of Medicaid expansion are employing nasty racial stereotypes and ugly coded language to defeat it.

In other words, they hope to fool you into believing that Medicaid is just welfare entitlement for lazy, unemployed, poor black people.

Here’s what Jindal wrote in an op-ed in this week’s Baton Rouge Business Report:

By expanding President Obama’s healthcare law, 41 percent of Louisiana’s population would be dumped into Medicaid. Soon there will be more people riding in the cart than people pulling the cart. The President is gradually turning the world’s greatest health care system into…

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