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Following his refusal to accept the expansion of Medicaid that was a key component of the Affordable Care Act known as Obamacare. Eagerly embracing the suffering of some 242,000 citizens of his state, Jindal accused his critics of discriminating against the disabled. "I won't accept lectures in compassion from those who would expand our safety net beyond comprehension, and jeopardize the care of our most vulnerable citizens in the process," Jindal said. "We've come too far to become distracted by outside liberal groups with their own agendas, who would leave care for those with disabilities behind just to make a political point."

The latest battle between the Louisiana governor and began when Jindal issued a cease-and-desist letter to the organization demanding that they remove a billboard criticizing his refusal to accept the Medicaid expansion. The state would pay virtually nothing for the newly-acquired healthcare for its poorest citizens, the costs being picked up as a part of the federal government's health care obligations.

Anna Galland of MoveOn's Civic Action group also said in a statement that "Governor Jindal is clearly feeling the heat, and doesn't want to be held accountable for preventing 242,000 Louisianans from accessing Medicaid. So now he's making a desperate and dishonest argument that tries to turn Louisianans with disabilities into political weapons. Let's be clear: Disability rights organizations fervently supported the Affordable Care Act -- including Medicaid expansion. Accepting federal Medicaid money in no way takes money away from people with disabilities.

Source: Talking Points Memo, March 15, 2014