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President Obama in New Orleans; talks about future and Affordable Care Act

NEW ORLEANS (WAFB) -

President Barack Obama was in the Big Easy Friday, using the Port of New Orleans as his stage. The President's speech was largely about expanding the facilities in Louisiana for the future.

He says the Federal Government needs to spend more money on infrastructure projects like the Port of New Orleans and prepare it for when the Panama Canal is widened and more ships come to Louisiana.

However, the President did manager to take a few swipes at the Governor.

"One thing, though, I was talking to your mayor and your governor about, though, is a separate issue, which is one of the things that the Affordable Care Act does is allow states to expand Medicaid to cover more of their citizens.

"And here in Louisiana, that would benefit about 265,000 people.  And already you've seen states -- Arkansas has covered -- taken this up, and they're covering almost 14 percent of their uninsured.  Republican governors in states like Ohio and Nevada, Arizona, they're doing it, too.  Oregon has already reduced the number of uninsured by about 10 percent.  And some of these folks opposed Obamacare, but they did support helping their citizens who can't get coverage," said President Barack Obama.

Governor Jindal's administration has rejected the notion of Obamacare all together. Of course, President Obama is aware that Louisiana isn't participating in the Affordable Care Act, leaving it all up to the feds.

He says the Federal Government needs to spend more money on infrastructure projects like the Port of New Orleans and prepare it for when the Panama Canal is widened and more ships come to Louisiana.

And while he talked on a variety of subjects, his passion is the Affordable Care Act.

"Now, I know that's -- I know health care is controversial, so there's only going to be so much support we get on that on a bipartisan basis -- until it's working really well, and then they're going to stop calling it Obamacare.  They're going to call it something else," President Obama said.

After a roughly 30 minute speech the President waded into the crowd, gave Governor Jindal a couple of taps on the shoulder and moved on.

Though we didn't catch it on video, the President spent some time with Grand Isle Mayor David Carmardelle.

"He said it's nice seeing you. I said I'd like to go boil some seafood like you asked me to do. He said we need to do that. So hopefully I can get there and boil some fresh seafood in the rose garden so I can get the attention of the president and fight for the flood insurance...we can't afford it," said Carmardelle.

Influential State Senator Rick Gallot of North Louisiana brought his wife along to see President Obama.

"He is our President regardless if you voted for him or not he is our President," said Gallot.

The President is now headed to the Miami area.

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