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Louisiana needs to slow down

Louisiana Treasury Secretary John Kennedy says the state needs to slow down and not panic over its health care budget, especially when it comes to discussions about selling LSU Medical Center in Shreveport.  Kennedy agrees with Governor Bobby Jindal that changes are needed to overcome a potential $800 million loss of federal funds, but selling the state's-best managed hospital should not be an option.  Last month, LSU Medical Center employees, Caddo Commissioner Ken Epperson and State Representative Barbara Norton rallied outside the hospital saying that privatizing the facility would hurt jobs, salaries and the quality of service it gives to patients.  To date, LSU Medical Center says no decisions regarding cuts or a potential sale have been made.