Koch Group Drops Cash In Louisiana To Oppose Medicaid Expansion

In this Sept. 20, 2011, photo, Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., urges funding for the Federal Emergency Management Agency during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. The GOP-controlled House is on track Wednesd... In this Sept. 20, 2011, photo, Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., urges funding for the Federal Emergency Management Agency during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. The GOP-controlled House is on track Wednesday, Sept. 21, to pass $3.7 billion in disaster relief as part of a must-pass bill to avert a government shutdown at the end of the month. After the measure passes the House, a battle looms with Senate Democrats. The two sides are divided over how much disaster aid to provide and whether any of it should be paid for. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) MORE LESS
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The deep-pocketed tea party group Americans for Prosperity is making a major push to stop an Obamacare Medicaid expansion in Louisiana.

Even Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), facing one of the toughest Senate re-election fights of the 2014 cycle, has embraced expanding Medicaid in her home state. Landrieu’s likely GOP opponent, Rep. Bill Cassidy, does not support a Medicaid expansion.

Specifically AFP, funded by the billionaire Koch brothers, is pushing all 144 state lawmakers to not support a Medicaid expansion, according to The Advocate of Louisiana.

AFP will also stage events across the state in the coming weeks to lay out its argument against Medicaid expansion.

Conservatives have long been angling to make Obamacare a key theme in 2014 as a way to spurn Democrats facing re-election fights. In North Carolina, Rep. Thom Tillis (R-NC), the likely Republican challenger to face Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) in the general election, released a new ad highlighting a bogus claim that Obamacare would cost the country over 2 million jobs.

(H/t: Greg Sargent at The Plum Line)

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