Jindal: 'TrumpCare’ could make GOP 'irrelevant'
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Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.) said on Thursday that GOP presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump alludes to possible 2024 run in White House remarks Trump threatens to veto defense bill over tech liability shield Tiger King's attorney believes they're close to getting pardon from Trump MORE’s healthcare plan rejects everything Republicans stand for.

“Putting aside the implications of ‘TrumpCare’ for our taxes, economic growth and the national debt, the implications for conservatism are deadly,” Jindal wrote in a Fox News op-ed.


“The Republican presidential primary is being dominated by someone who agrees with [President] Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaObama chief economist responds to McConnell quoting him on Senate floor: He missed 'a critical part' Amazon reports .8B in weekend sales from independent businesses on its platform Ossoff features Obama in TV ad ahead of in Georgia run-off MORE and [Democratic presidential front-runner] Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump has discussed possible pardons for three eldest children, Kushner: report McCaskill: 'Hypocrisy' for GOP to target Biden nominee's tweets after Trump Biden budget pick sparks battle with GOP Senate MORE about the defining domestic policy issue of our time,” he said.

“The danger is, if he persuades Americans that government-controlled health care is acceptable, he will have opened the door for a nanny state and made the Republican Party irrelevant,” the 2016 GOP presidential candidate added.

Jindal argued on Thursday that Trump’s repeated calls for a single-payer healthcare system like ObamaCare is at odds with the rest of their party’s ideology.

“It would hand the left a rationale for interference for every aspect of our lives,” he said.

“If government pays for your healthcare, they will claim it should have a say in your lifestyle: whether you smoke or drink, your salt and sugar intake, how you exercise and even whether you own a firearm,” Jindal wrote.

Jindal also charged that Trump’s support for a costly, universal healthcare structure is unsurprising given his background.

“The problem is this: Donald Trump is not a conservative,” he said. "If he has a political philosophy at all, it is plutocratic hypocrisy.

“He inherited a fortune, used American capitalism to turn that into mega-wealth and now lectures everyone else that we need the government to take care of us,” the Louisiana governor added.

Jindal then blamed his fellow Republicans for letting Trump’s ideas catch on with mainstream audiences.

“Now the establishment is enabling Donald Trump with their silence and making him think his position is acceptable,” he said.

“Even conservative senators like Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzCruz urges Supreme Court to take up Pennsylvania election challenge OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump administration proceeds with rollback of bird protections despite objections | Trump banking proposal on fossil fuels sparks backlash from libertarians | EU 2019 greenhouse gas emissions down 24 percent Trump's NATO ambassador pledges 'seamless' transition to Biden administration MORE are complicit,” Jindal added of his competition for next year’s GOP presidential nomination.

“He has distinguished himself by praising Trump’s positions and clinging to his events, in the hope of picking up his votes when he eventually fades.”

Jindal’s remarks come as his 2016 Oval Office bid struggles for traction with potential voters.

He currently receives less than 1 percent support across multiple national polls.