Jindal using Supreme Court ruling to boost national profile
The Supreme Court's health care ruling has been very good for one politician in particular: Gov. Bobby Jindal. At least, that's what the The Washington Post's Rachel Weiner says in a blog post today. "In conference calls and public appearances, Jindal has become the most prominent Republican critic of Obamacare. That could make him a powerful surrogate for former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney," Weiner says. "On Friday, Jindal warned that the government could soon force Americans to eat tofu and drive hybrid cars. He said his state would not implement the health care law; instead, he would work to elect Romney and have the law repealed." Weiner says the role is one for which Jindal is uniquely suited. After all, he became secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals in 1996 "at the ripe old age of 24." He turned a $400 million deficit into a multiyear surplus. Two years later, he was appointed executive director of a bipartisan commission on the future of Medicare. In 2001 President George W. Bush made Jindal assistant secretary in the Department of Health and Human Services. Check out the complete post here for areas in which Weiner says Jindal needs to improve if he really wants to be Romney's running mate.
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