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October 7th, 2013
06:05 PM ET

Louisiana governor says Washington GOP engaged in 'Republican fratricide'

Louisiana Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal sees the infighting that has seized the GOP in Washington as "fratricide" – brother killing brother.

Moderate conservatives have criticized the House Republican strategy of tying the defunding of Obamacare to government spending, the core dispute that has triggered the shutdown.

But Jindal, who last year said Republicans have to "stop being the stupid party," held back.

"I don't even want to engage in Republican fratricide. There are more than enough Republicans fighting each other, going after each other," Jindal said in an interview on "The Lead with Jake Tapper."

The Louisiana governor said it makes sense to repeal and replace Obamacare, but maybe it should be left to Republicans outside the capital. Jindal is chairman of the Republican Governors Association, which is launching a new national program.

"We want to take back the Republican brand from D.C. For too long, we've outsourced it to Washington. We've got 30 Republican governors doing a great job across the state capitals, across the country. The important discussions aren't happening in D.C.," said Jindal

New Orleans newspaper The Times-Picayune reported that as of Thursday, only 12 people had signed up for Obamacare in Louisiana state through healthcare.gov. About 20% of the state does not have health insurance. Jindal did not take Obamacare money to expand Medicaid to provide insurance for them.

"The wrong thing to do is to expand the government control," said Jindal. "In my own state, for example, for every uninsured person that would have been covered by a Medicaid expansion, more than one person who would have otherwise had private insurance would then be kicked out or lose that private insurance instead of going to a government-run program. That makes no sense."

Though Jindal acknowledged some positive aspects of the president's health care law.

"The president was right. There are real problems in health care. I think if you've got a preexisting condition, if you’re trying to buy an individual policy outside the group market, it can be too expensive and may not be available to you," he said.

Republicans need to do more than repeat cries to repeal Obamacare, said Jindal

"We need to replace it. I've written extensively on some of the ideas for example, allowing folks to buy insurance across state lines, tax credits and rebates to make it more affordable for those who can’t afford it," said Jindal.

For more of our interview with Gov. Bobby Jindal, including his plans for 2016, watch the video above.

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