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Health Care Debate (2017)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2017-07-21

Duration: 00:06:58

Subjects: Health Care | HEALTH INSURANCE | United States. Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act | MEDICAID | Bertaut, Michael R.


  • Moreau, Andre Host
  • Spires, Kelly Producer
  • Crews, Keith Photographer
  • Bertaut, Michael Interviewee
  • Albares, Nick Interviewee


This segment from the July 21, 2017, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Kelly Spires’ report on the potential impact of the United States Senate’s health care bill to repeal and replace Obamacare on the people of Louisiana. She interviews Michael Bertaut, an economist with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, who discusses the reasons for the instability in the individual marketplace for health insurance. Spires also interviews Nick Albares, a policy analyst with the Louisiana Budget Project, who discusses the people who have benefitted from the Medicaid expansion in Louisiana, the potential loss of federal funding to pay for the expansion, and the ongoing health care reform debate. Host: Andre Moreau