Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal Commits Huge Gaffe

    June 30, 2012
    Amanda Crum
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Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal slipped up during an important conference call yesterday morning, which was hosted by the Republican National Committee and concerned the groundbreaking decision made by the Supreme Court earlier this week regarding the president’s health care initiative.

Jindal apparently referred to the mandate by a term his peers had hoped was gone from the political lexicon by now: “Obamneycare”. The term was coined back when former Minnesota Governor was running against Mitt Romney and decided to point out that Obamacare was a very similar plan to what Romney did for Massachusetts.

“There’s only one candidate — Gov. Romney — who’s committed that he will repeal the Obamney — the Obamacare tax increase. He will repeal Obamacare as soon as he’s elected. So to me, the choice going forward is very clear,” he said.

The gaffe is potentially damning for Jindal, who is considered a top pick to run as vice president alongside Romney.

“Obamacare” has been the word of the week (aside from SCOTUS) since the Supreme Court’s decision was announced to uphold the mandate, which will make Medicaid widely available and change the rules set by health care providers. It will also tax individuals who don’t have health insurance by a certain time, most likely sometime in 2014. The controversial law could be repealed, however, something the Republican party is counting on.

“If Obamacare is not deemed constitutional, then the first three and a half years of this president’s term will have been wasted on something that has not helped the American people,” Mitt Romney said. “If it is deemed to stand, then I’ll tell you one thing. Then we’ll have to have a president — and I’m that one — that’s gonna get rid of Obamacare. We’re gonna stop it on day one.”

President Obama countered with, “It’s the right thing to do that we’ve got 3 million young people who are on their parent’s health insurance plans that didn’t have it before,” the president explained. “It’s the right thing to do to give seniors discounts on their prescription drugs. It’s the right thing to do to give 30 million Americans health insurance that didn’t have it before.”

  • Hannah Head

    I have spent 40+ years as a nurse serving the poor, indigent, underinsured and non-insured. It is most disturbing to me to hear people discussing their disapproval of this health care plan for the following reasons: people need to read it before taking a stance, 2nd once they read it they will understand that nothing is perfect – 100% but humans are not perfect – EVEN Republicans they just don’t know it – yet, 3rd think how long it took just to get these small steps to help people who desperately need it so ask yourselves what can you do as citizens to improve the situation versus repeating media talking points, go look at someone who is ill and can’t get proper care so they sit in the ER for hours waiting for bandaid care because we can’t provide long term in that arena. Guess what that is billions of dollars – think about who pays!

    • Dave

      Ms Hannah.. You are correct about our health care system, it sucks ! but, This plain has a hidden agenda .. We (Americans) need to know the facts about this plain .. It sounds Crazy, but this type of plain has already failed in Europe. yrs ago.. Ask people who fled from Germany or France or Italy … It is a two headed snake .. made to keep us divided .. it will enevitibly make our situation worse.. We must start talking “straight” so everyone can understand the “total consequences” of our “actions” because we are not getting the total picture out of this legislation.. it will effect the middle class (who are “HAMMERED” right now) more than you can possibly imagine..

      • Will Bradshaw

        First learn how to spell correctly. What do you mean by ‘plain’ (plan)? Go back to school and get a real education before trying to understand complex things like this. Did you live in any European country or in the neighboring Canada? I lived there. So, don’t make up things with your little education and being so gullible to the Repubs agenda.

  • Brad

    First there is nothing in Dave response that is even a little bit accurate and that is what the CONS always try to do. EWWW watch out there is a hidden adgenda but they don’t seem to know what it is. second, I dont’ think people fled Germany and France to get away from there health care. If you talk to the majority over in Europe or Canada they like there healthcare alot more than American like ours. Daves third LIE, the middle class will get hammered more than anything you could ever immagine. These are all scare tactics the CONS use and none of it is the truth. That is the only way they can get people to listen to there BS (BULL SNOT).

  • George Milliken

    I don’t hear one person coming up with an alternative to the new Affordable Health Care Act. Who has read the act and understands what it is all about? I bet very few. Most of you are getting your information from the media of your choosing. Two headed snake made to keep us divided? Surely you are talking about the Republican Party and not the Health Care Act. As for people fleeing Italy and France, where did you get that information? That is the most ridiculous thing I have read. I have a lot of friends that are French and some Italian friends. They all love their healthcare. Sure there are some complaints and room for improvement, but what is perfect? Certainly not our health care as it stands in the U.S. today. It is a disgrace and what is even more disgraceful is all of these people who want to repeal it and take away from the people who really need it the most. Is this is what America has become? I have mine so tough luck if you don’t have yours. Republicans can get laid off and loose their health insurance you know. Then what, the taxpayers pick up the bill for them?