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Medicaid and other antipoverty programs reward work, not indolence

By Robert Mann It’s a common delusion among some wealthy people that their success is a product of their industry and ingenuity. They regard poverty, therefore, as a consequence of indolence and ignorance. As the British journalist Walter Bagehot once … Continue reading

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Gov. John Bel Edwards on Louisiana’s fiscal crisis: ‘It’s my problem to fix’

By Robert Mann Near the end of his first year in office, I interviewed Gov. John Bel Edwards at the Governor’s Office. This is the transcript of that interview: Mann: What’s the biggest adjustment you feel you’ve had from being … Continue reading

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When expanding Medicaid in Louisiana, keep it simple

   By Robert Mann “Any damn fool can make something complex; it takes a genius to make something simple.” – Pete Seeger Des Moines – It was a simple proposition: Help the working poor become eligible for health insurance as … Continue reading

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Louisiana’s working poor can’t wait on a Medicaid waiver

By Robert Mann It’s finally going to happen. Louisiana’s next governor will almost certainly expand the state’s Medicaid program under provisions of the Affordable Care Act. Unlike Gov. Bobby Jindal, state Rep. John Bel Edwards and U.S. Sen. David Vitter … Continue reading

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Bobby Jindal and David Duke may be different fish, but they swim in the same fetid pond

By Robert Mann What do former KKK leader David Duke and Gov. Bobby Jindal have in common? They have both used the same language to describe and demean Louisiana’s working poor. In April 2013, Jindal wrote an op-ed in the … Continue reading

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The day Bobby Jindal told the truth about his health care proposal

By Robert Mann Let’s be honest. Gov. Bobby Jindal’s best quality is not honesty. For years, he’s peddled fictional accounts of his fiscal conservatism, his devotion to education reform, his commitment to religious liberty, his concern about the state’s environment … Continue reading

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David Vitter’s tacit admission that Obamacare won’t be repealed

By Robert Mann I’ve argued for months that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will play only a minor role in the 2014 U.S. Senate race between Sen. Mary Landrieu and her main Republican challenger, U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy. Landrieu will probably never … Continue reading

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