Jindal: Delaying Medicaid expansion, health care exchanges could avert sequester

February 24, 2013

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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) suggested Sunday that delaying elements of President Obama's health care law could help avert the across-the-board spending cuts known as the sequester.

"Just delay the Medicaid expansions, delay the health care exchanges so they can work with states on waivers, on flexibility," Jindal said on NBC News' "Meet The Press." "You could save tens of billions of dollars there, and you're not even cutting a program that's started yet. Just delay it for a few years."

With the deep cuts set to kick in Friday, Obama administration officials on Sunday warned about the negative impact the sequester could have in areas like education, air travel and defense.

Republicans and Democrats have advocated different ways to avert the sequester. Democrats have been pressing for a combination of new tax revenue and alternate spending cuts, while Republicans have focused on alternate cuts, saying the debate over new tax revenue was settled in the recent deal to avert the "fiscal cliff."

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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