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Entitlement Cuts & Louisiana's Seniors (2011)

Louisiana Public Square



Genre: Panel

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2011-11-23

Duration: 00:56:31

Subjects: Filmed panel discussions | Entitlement spending | Health Care | MEDICAID | MEDICARE | SENIOR CITIZENS | CASSIDY, BILL | Whitfield, Rani G. | Greenstein, Bruce


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Sanford, Shauna Host
  • Godoy, Al Producer
  • Gautreaux, Kevin Producer
  • George, Jeanne Interviewee
  • Hatfield, Brenda Interviewee
  • Hood, David Interviewee
  • LaRock, Paul Speaker
  • Hatfield, Charles Speaker
  • O'Brien, Tom Speaker
  • Bowman, Eugene Speaker
  • Bankston, Dale Speaker
  • Kennedy, Eileen Speaker
  • Asley, Bruce Speaker
  • Cassidy, Bill Panelist
  • Certner, David Panelist
  • Whitfield, Rani Panelist
  • Greenstein, Bruce Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana Public Square” from November 23, 2011, features Shauna Sanford leading a discussion between the audience members and panelists on the possible cuts to entitlement programs and the impact on Louisiana’s senior citizens. A background report on the topic precedes the discussion. It includes interviews with: Dr. Jeanne George, a Medicare recipient; Brenda Hatfield, the president of AARP Louisiana; and David Hood, the senior health care policy analyst with the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana (PAR). A panel of experts then joins the audience to answer their questions. The panelists are: Congressman Bill Cassidy of Louisiana’s 6th Congressional District; David Certner, the legislative counsel and policy director for AARP; Dr. Rani Whitfield, a family physician in Baton Rouge; and Secretary Bruce Greenstein of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. They discuss: the impact of possible cuts to the Medicaid and Medicare programs; reducing the high cost of health care; the attempts to move Medicare patients to the private sector through the Medicare Advantage plans; the possibility of primary care physicians no longer accepting Medicare patients due to low reimbursement rates; the medical benefits for veterans; and their concerns about the Congressional Super Committee on Deficit Reduction. Hosts: Beth Courtney and Shauna Sanford