Lawmakers want voters to decide on Obamacare access

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A group of lawmakers want to put a crucial healthcare decision in the hands of voters.

They are proposing a constitutional amendment that if passed would put expanding access to Obamacare up for a vote.

More than 200,000 people have fallen into what they're calling the "Jindal Gap" and do not have access to healthcare.

Rep. Pat Smith says Louisiana Hospitals which are overwhelmed with uninsured patients can be funded by money sitting in Washington.

"We cannot continue to refuse billions- that's billions- in dollars from the federal government that expand access to health insurance and protect our hospitals," Rep. Smith says.

In a statement the Jindal administration spokesperson said "it would cost Louisiana taxpayers up to $1.7 billion over 10 years and could force up to 248,000 individuals off private insurance and onto one of the nation's most expensive and inefficient programs."

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