Calls On Louisiana Legislature To Kill The New Tax And

Oppose Obamacare’s Medicaid Expansion

For Immediate Release    April 17, 2013

BATON ROUGE - The Tea Party of Louisiana calls on all members to contact your legislator and urge them to oppose the Obamacare Medicaid expansion along with HB 532, the “bed tax.”

Today, the Louisiana Democratic Party and the Louisiana Hospital Association held a conference call where they advocated for legislators to pass a tax on Louisiana hospitals along with urging the state to accept the Obamacare Medicaid expansion.

HB 532, the “bed tax,” is a tax increase which has already been tried once in our state and we cannot allow it to return.  This proposed tax on hospitals will undoubtedly be passed onto consumers, folks who are sick, and small businesses.  Our state’s citizens should not be forced to pay higher taxes.  We should be working on reducing the size of government, not expanding it!

The “bed tax” bill is being sold as a means to expand Medicaid, a massive entitlement program that is causing explosive growth to our state and federal budget.

In addition to arguing for a new tax on hospitals to grow the size of government, the Louisiana Democratic Party continued to call for our state to accept the expansion of Obamacare’s Medicaid program, a proposal which we simply cannot afford.

These are two misguided policy proposals which will do significant damage to our citizens and lead to higher taxes in our state.

Call you legislator and urge them to oppose HB 532, the “bed tax,” along with Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion in Louisiana.