Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal says President Barack Obama’s moral argument in favor of the federal Affordable Care Act merely amounts to a “moral case for socialism.”
“He doesn’t hide it — he doesn’t pretend, and we shouldn’t either” Jindal said on the nationally syndicated Mike Gallagher Radio Show on Wednesday, critiquing Obama’s speech this week to the Catholic Health Association. “In the real world, socialism harms and it weakens the economies of the countries who try it … It’s the opposite of what America’s about.”
As Politico noted, Obama’s speech Tuesday “was peppered with religious and historical references.” He argued that millions have been helped by Obamacare and five years in, it’s too far to turn back now.
“This is now part of the fabric of how we care for one another,” he said. “This is health care in America.”
But Jindal said he wasn’t impressed nor swayed.
“Sending money you don’t have is immoral,” he said, adding “we cannot measure success by how many people are dependent on government.”
During the Gallagher show, Jindal talked a wide range of topics — from what he plans to do with legislation that would lessen marijuana possession penalties to what he thinks about the situation in McKinney, Texas.
Jindal, who turned 44 today, also joked about his youth, noting he has three kids who “think anyone born in the last century is ancient history.”
As he has previously said, Jindal plans to sign the bill decreasing pot penalties.
“I’m not for legalization, but I am for common sense reforms,” he told Gallagher. “We’ve been in favor of more treatment, not just longer prison sentences … I think it’s better for the offenders, better for the taxpayers.”
Jindal said he’s not up-to-date on what happened in McKinney this weekend. A white police officer there has resigned after he was filmed pinning a black teenage girl to the ground and drawing his gun on other teens at a community pool.
But Jindal spoke in general of recent events involving police officers.
“Those are tragedies and we should feel bad for the victims,” he said, adding “the vast majority of police officers put their lives on the lines every day.”
He went on to chide “activists” who believes are focusing too much on race, and Jindal repeated that he believes the nation needs “to stop with the hyphenated Americans.”
“The sooner we stop viewing things through the prism of race, the better,” Jindal said. “Those activists who try to divide us do us a disservice.”