The interview, focused largely on Landrieu’s support of Medicaid Expansion throughout the state of Louisiana, where she pits the issue against senatorial candidate Rep. Bill Cassidy, though Obamacare is widely unpopular in the state.
“It’s a solid law that needs improvement,” Landrieu said. “My opponent offers nothing but repeal, repeal, and repeal. And even with all the law’s setbacks, we’re seeing benefits for thousands of people in Louisiana.”
“I think the benefits that people have received are worth fighting for,” Landrieu continued, citing an end to discrimination against preexisting conditions and extended coverage for young adults on parents’ plans. ”I think Bill Cassidy is going to be at a distinct disadvantage. He has insurance, but he’s also denying it to the 242,000 people who fall into the Jindal gap. He also wants to take coverage away from tens of thousands who have gotten it for the first time.”
Also, Landrieu said that Obamacare will not be the primary focus of her senate campaign, not for reasons of it’s unpopularity, but because it is not part of her record, she told the Post.
Asked whether the ACA and Obama were serious liabilities for her, Landrieu said: “This race will be won not on the president’s record, but on my record…The Affordable Care Act won’t be the centerpiece of my campaign. The centerpiece will be my leadership and ability to deliver for the people of my state, no matter who the president is.”
However, Obamacare is at the heart of Landrieu’s recent record of votes in the United States Senate. Landrieu allegedly casted the deciding vote for the healthcare overhaul and was allegedly given somewhere near $300 million in federal funds for Louisiana in exchange for her “aye” vote.
On the eve of Saturday’s showdown in the Senate over health-care reform, Democratic leaders still hadn’t secured the support of Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), one of the 60 votes needed to keep the legislation alive. The wavering lawmaker was offered a sweetener: at least $100 million in extra federal money for her home state.
And so it came to pass that Landrieu walked onto the Senate floor midafternoon Saturday to announce her aye vote — and to trumpet the financial “fix” she had arranged for Louisiana. “I am not going to be defensive,” she declared. “And it’s not a $100 million fix. It’s a $300 million fix.”
Afterwards, Landrieu denied that the federal funds had anything to do with her support for the healthcare overhaul.
Landrieu said that she would stick by Obamacare, telling the Post “Will I defend the good parts of the Affordable Care Act? Yes. Will I urge improvements to parts that can be fixed? Absolutely.”