Sen. Kennedy Weighs In On Louisiana's Proposed State-Run High Risk Insurance Pool

Jul 2, 2019

Sen. John Kennedy (R) Louisiana
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BATON ROUGE – U.S. Sen. John Kennedy said a new Louisiana law won’t be the fix for replacing the federal health overhaul, if courts overturn it. Speaking to the Baton Rouge Press Club yesterday,  The Republican senator said Congress will have to decide a new health care model.  Louisiana lawmakers, urged by Republican Attorney General Jeff Landry, passed a bill that could lead to creation of a high-risk pool to help residents with preexisting conditions access insurance if the federal law is thrown out.    But no financing is earmarked.   Attorney General Landry had joined 38 other states in a federal lawsuit to repeal the Affordable Care Act which does offer insurance protection against pre-existing conditions Kennedy shared his thoughts on the state’s high-risk pool proposal.

"A high risk pool can work depending on   how you 

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structure it and how much you subsidize it," said Kennedy. "I don't think the Affordable Care Act  though is going to be solved at the state level, I think it's going to require congressional action."

Kennedy – said he doesn’t expect sweeping congressional action on health care before the 2020 presidential election.