WASHINGTON — In an appearance on "Fox News Sunday," Louisiana's Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal deflected a question about whether he plans to run for president in the next election.
"I don't know what I'm going to do in 2016," Jindal said. Instead, he pitched the new conservative policy group he launched earlier this month, America Next.
"What's even more important than who's running is what we're going to do," Jindal said. "That's what America Next is about."
He cited health care, education, and energy policy as three areas where conservatives should be offering constructive alternatives. "What I'm going to be focused on is winning the war of ideas," he said. "Once we win that fight we'll deserve to be the majority party."
Jindal appeared on the show to discuss health care in particular, and he bashed the rollout of the Affordable Care Act. "Is this administration the most incompetent or the most liberal in history?" Jindal asked. "Once the government gets involved it's inevitable that you're going to have problems."
Host Chris Wallace asked Jindal about his refusal to take $16 billion in federal funds to expand Medicaid in his state, which will leave an estimated 242,150 low-income residents without access to health care. Many other conservative governors have accepted the funding provided by the health care law, including Rick Snyder of Michigan, John Kasich of Ohio and Jan Brewer of Arizona, in a bid to expand insurance coverage in their states.
Wallace noted that 20 percent of the residents of Louisiana are uninsured, the fourth highest percentage in the country.
In response, Jindal suggested that they visit Louisiana's network of state-operated charity hospitals. He also said creating new jobs will give people "the ability to pay for their own health care."