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Huey P. Long Still Facing Privatization, Group Protests

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5)--The federal government struck down Governor Bobby Jindal's attempt to privatize six charity hospitals in the state. Although Huey P. Long  in Alexandria was not one of those hospitals on the list.

In light of that decision - the Enough is Enough Coalition held a gathering Monday at the hospital.  The group is calling on lawmakers to vote against a bill that would close Huey P. Long for good.  They say the decision that came down from the federal government on Friday shows that privatization of the charity hospital system is a bad idea. 

"We just don't think that the legislature could proceed with the closure of Huey P when the overall scheme been deemed unacceptable and we're asking them to think a little bit, act a little independently and pull back and re-think how we're going to deal with health care in Central Louisiana," Enough Is Enough member Mike Stagg said.

The hospital administration believes  that Fridays decision will not effect the privatization and closure of Huey P. Long.  We spoke with the hospital's interim administrator Monday afternoon who says he doesn't feel like it will have an impact here in Central Louisiana..

"We believe that the news that came out last week really has no bearing on what's going on at Huey P Long Hospital, we're very far along on in the transition process with the Rapides and the Cabrini Medical Centers, we've opened up clinics on both sides of I-49, both sides of the river," Interim Administrator John Dailey said.

A house committee is scheduled to discuss the Huey P. Long privatization bill today down in Baton Rouge.

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