Louisiana Gov.refuses to implement the Health Care Reforms in his state, despite the Supreme Court’s decision on Thursday to uphold the law. He called the Affordable Care Act as a “blow to our freedoms” which the president has “forced on us.”
Jindal, who is one of the possible vice presidential running mate choices forin the upcoming election, made no effort to hide his disappointment over the Supreme Court ruling, saying that while the court may have announced its decision to uphold the law, it does not mean that everyone is behind the president’s landmark legislation.
“It really raises the question of what’s next, what’s allowable… Taxes on people who refuse to eat tofu or refuse to drive a Chevy Volt…this whole ruling I think is ridiculous. It’s a huge expansion of federal power,” Jindal said while speaking on a Republican National Committee Conference call with Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell.
Referring to the health insurance exchange program that will be required to be set up by 2014, when the Affordable Care Act is implemented, Jindal said that Louisiana will “not set up the exchange."
"Elections have consequences. Elections do, in fact, matter. This one matters a lot. We are not going to start implementing Obamacare… We are committed to working to elect Gov. Romney to repeal Obamacare,” Jindal said vowing that he and all those who are against the health care reforms are going to do whatever it takes to fight the law.
Bob McDonnell agreed with Jindal, saying that Virginia, along with other states, needs to evaluate its options in the days to come in order to determine the right course of action to be followed.
"I think each state is going to have to weight that and look at the time frame to determine what to do. But I agree absolutely that the priority right now is to elect a new president and a new Senate so this law can be repealed," McDonnell said.
Neither Jindal nor McDonnell elaborated on what options Mitt Romney will be presenting if the law is successfully repealed. Jindal did, however, say, according to a report by ABC News, that Romney "has focused on creating voluntary purchasing pools, on free market reforms to make health care more affordable, more portable, more accessible without undermining the private sector delivery system."