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Medicaid Expansion: Take It or Leave It? (2013)

Louisiana Public Square



Genre: Panel

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2013-05-22

Duration: 00:57:51

Subjects: Filmed panel discussions | Health Care | MEDICAID | HEALTH INSURANCE | United States. Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Scott, Robert Travis Host
  • Gautreaux, Kevin Producer
  • Nevers, Ben Interviewee
  • Kliebert, Kathy Interviewee
  • Matessino, John Interviewee
  • Rozeman, Phillip Interviewee
  • Savoie, Bobby Speaker
  • Lewis, Marcus Speaker
  • Miller, Bettsie Speaker
  • Matheis, Cheryl Speaker
  • Stitch, Nancy Speaker
  • Hughes, Ernie Speaker
  • Adams, Sandra Speaker
  • George, Jeanne Speaker
  • Williams, Earl Speaker
  • Schaffer, Ariane Speaker
  • Pursnell, Allan Speaker
  • Stitch, Paul Speaker
  • Miller, Ben Speaker
  • Johnson, Linda Speaker
  • Hatfield, Brenda Speaker
  • Ruff, Joan Panelist
  • Lynch, Calder Panelist
  • DeSalvo, Karen Panelist
  • Tanner, Michael Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana Public Square” from May 22, 2013, features Robert Travis Scott leading a discussion between the audience members and panelists on whether Louisiana should accept the Medicaid expansion available through the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. A background report on the topic precedes the discussion. It includes interviews with: State Senator Ben Nevers; Secretary Kathy Kliebert of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH); John Matessino of the Louisiana Hospital Association; and Dr. Phillip Rozeman of the Shreveport Medical Society. The audience members then discuss their views on the state accepting Medicaid expansion. A panel of experts then joins the audience to answer their questions. The panelists are: Joan Ruff, a member of the AARP National Policy Council; Calder Lynch, a policy director at DHH; Dr. Karen DeSalvo, the Health Commissioner of New Orleans; and Michael Tanner, a senior fellow with the Cato Institute. They discuss: their positions on Medicaid expansion; whether the state has other options; helping people with serious health conditions; DHH’s plan for providing access to health care for uninsured residents; the possibility of large numbers of people leaving their private insurance if Medicaid expansion is accepted; the Arkansas model; the morality of serving the uninsured and the poor; and the federal funding for Medicaid expansion. Hosts: Beth Courtney and Robert Travis Scott