"I think as a state we're just setting really a bad example to the rest of the country. This is how we're going to treat the people in their final days of their lives?" said Burns.It's the usual story with Republican ideas for health care cost savings. They don't actually save money, just shift it around. While making people suffer. As of now, Jindal is still refusing the Medicaid expansion available to the state under Obamacare, making this cut even more unnecessary and more cruel.
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals say the elimination of hospice care for medicaid patients will mean nearly $3.3 million in savings this year alone. In 2014, it'll mean $8.3 million in savings.
However, Burns believes the state will end up paying much more with terminally ill patients forced to turn to local hospitals.
"They'll just go in and out of the hospitals, maybe go to icus, and they wont' be able to have their family around them with hospice care," said Burns.
Gov. Bobby Jindal