Lawsuit Could Eliminate Health Coverage For 849,000 In Louisiana

Sep 11, 2018

Gov. John Bel Edwards does not agree with Attorney G. Jeff Landry’s deliverate attempt to eliminate health care benefits for people with high risk health conditions.  Edwards said Landry did not have a plan in place to ensure insurance companies don't deny coverage for the 849,000 people in Louisiana who could lose health care because they have a pre-existing condition.

Govenor Edwards told CNN, “In Louisiana, 849,000 people have a pre-existing condition that could lead to an insurance company denying them healthcare if Attorney General Jeff Landry is successful in his latest lawsuit. It’s deeply disturbing that he has committed the state to this effort without consulting anyone and even worse, without having a plan in place to ensure these individuals do not lose their health care. Entering into this lawsuit should not be an impulse decision. It requires thoughtful consideration of the repercussions to the people of Louisiana. After seeing the attorney general’s interview on CNN this morning, it’s clear he did not think this through. Everyone acknowledges the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has flaws, and we should be working together to fix what’s broken. Protecting coverage for people with pre-existing conditions is one area where there is broad, bipartisan support. If successful, this lawsuit would cause chaos within the health care system, and the people of Louisiana would be left to pick up the pieces.”

Louisana AG, Jeff Landry told CNN news, "I'm not the legislature, I'm the Attorney General making sure that we abide by the rule of law", pressed on whether there's a plan for people with pre-existing conditions to keep healthcare if a GOP lawsuit to bring down Obamacare is successful.