Survey: Louisiana residents see healthcare cuts as unnecessary, believe state government should accept Medicaid expansion

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013 - 4:47pm

In Louisiana, healthcare and higher education receive most of the burden of state budget cuts. So how does the public perceive these cuts?

Do they view it as necessary belt-tightening or unnecessary cuts to important government services?

The LSU Public Policy Research Lab, or PPRL, supported by the Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs at the Manship School of Mass Communication, released results showing that nearly two-thirds of Louisiana residents – 65 percent – view ongoing cuts to state health care as unnecessary.

In contrast, only 15 percent said the cuts were “unfortunate but necessary given tight budgets” and only 17 percent said the cuts were needed to achieve greater efficiency in the delivery of services.

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