Louisiana Democratic Party Supports “Krista’s Fight for Medicaid”

The proposed Republican health care bill, if passed, will take away health coverage from 22 million Americans and will devastate Medicaid. In Louisiana, Governor John Bel Edwards’ expansion of Medicaid has allowed increased coverage for those who are in need of affordable health care, but the Republican’s proposed bill would put nearly half a million Louisianians – including many children – at risk of losing their coverage, placing their lives and health in jeopardy.

Today, the Louisiana Democratic Party and the Democratic National Committee are releasing a new video which puts a personal touch on the fight to preserve health care. “Krista’s Fight for Medicaid” centers around the story of Krista, a single mother from Louisiana, and the ways in which the Republican health care repeal bill would have destructive effects on Krista and her family’s health. It’s a story that’s powerful because it’s reflected in many others both in Louisiana and across the nation – struggling families and parents trying to do the best they can, who will be adversely affected by a Republican bill that would make health care unaffordable to them.

In a statement, Louisiana Democratic Party Executive Director Stephen Handwerk said, “The Republican repeal bill is unconscionably cruel and hurts families like Krista’s who are working tirelessly to provide for their families. Our elected leaders should be doing everything possible to ensure that more people have access to affordable coverage – not less. Democrats will continue to stand by Krista and others who believe that all people deserve access to affordable healthcare, and we will continue to fight each day until that becomes a reality for every Louisianian.”

You can watch “Krista’s Fight for Medicaid” below:

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Lamar White, Jr.
Lamar White, Jr. is an award-winning writer and the publisher and founder of the Bayou Brief, Louisiana’s only statewide news and culture publication. Born and raised on the banks of the Red River in Alexandria, he is a proud product of the Louisiana public education system and a graduate of Rice University in Houston and SMU’s Dedman School of Law in Dallas. Lamar has been writing about politics and public policy in Louisiana for twenty years, beginning as a weekly youth columnist for his hometown paper, the Town Talk. After earning his undergraduate degree in English and Religious Studies, Lamar moved back to Alexandria, where he launched a popular blogsite, CenLamar, and worked for five years as the Special Assistant to the Mayor. He exposed significant problems with Louisiana’s school voucher program, which resulted in a series of other investigations and ultimately in the removal of several schools from the program. He was the last person to argue online with Andrew Breitbart. He investigated and then broke the report that U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise had once attended a white supremacist conference. He was the first to share a photograph of Bobby Jindal’s portrait in the state Capitol. He exposed U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy’s incomplete timesheets while the then-representative moonlighted as a physician. He earned headlines in Texas after the gubernatorial campaign of Greg Abbott falsely claimed he had been exploited as a “campaign prop” by Abbott’s opponent, Wendy Davis, and after exposing U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz’s campaign for relying on online “bot farms” to counter Beto O’Rourke, and he earned headlines in Mississippi after publishing videos of U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith making bizarre comments about public hangings and voter suppression tactics which were both perceived as racist. Lamar was the recipient of the 2011 Ashley Morris Award, given to the writer who best exemplifies the spirit of New Orleans, and in 2019, he was honored as one of Gambit’s Top 40 Under 40 and as the year’s Outstanding Millennial in Journalism at the annual Millennial Awards. He has been the subject of profiles in the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, Above the Law, and the Advocate and has appeared multiple times as a guest on CNN and MSNBC. Lamar currently lives in New Orleans with his two golden retrievers, Lucy Ana and Ruby Dog.