ADDIS, LA — Some people in our community are in disarray after a bill that would have bypassed the governor to let you decide on medicaid expansion failed in committee.
There are nearly 250,000 people in our state who can't afford Obamacare, and Medicaid is their only other option.
Asthma, heart disease, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol affect millions of Americans every year. Carl Begnaud suffers with all four.
"With all the other stuff wrong with me too, I can't even work as a laborer," Begnaud said.
Begnaud has not worked for nearly four years because of his health.
"These people go home every night. They get to sleep in their nice comfortable bed. They probably go to sleep and don't think nothing of it. They got all kinds of money," Begnaud said.
Carl's medicines cost hundreds of dollars. Now, his biggest problem is he cannot afford his medications anymore. He has no insurance.
"I've got medicine that's coming up that I really can't renew the prescription on it because I'd have to go back to the doctor, and I can't go back to the doctor because of the simple fact that I've got the bill to pay. How am I going to pay this bill?'" Begnaud questioned.
That's what a lot of people are wondering after Governor Bobby Jindal rejected medicaid expansion because he said it would cost too much money in the long run.
"They shouldn't be able to make people wait to get to their healthcare, and on top of it all, if they're not going to do anything about it, they need to let the money come into the state," Begnaud said. "One way or another, they need to do something."
Begnaud said Medicaid expansion would have allowed him to get the medicine he needs to continue living, but now he's scared for his life.
"Excuse me, people are dying because they won't let money come into the state," Begnaud said. "You can't win for losing. It's a lose-lose battle."
Since the bill was deferred six to two this session, the bill can still be brought back next year for another go around.