Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards signed the “medical Popeyes” bill into law this morning, ending weeks of contentious debate on the therapeutic power of chicken.
The new law, based on a bill introduced by Republican Rep. Alan Seabaugh, of Shreveport, allows doctors to recommend therapeutic doses of fried chicken, seafood, and traditional sides from Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen to treat a select set of diagnoses, including low appetite, low cholesterol, and low self-esteem.
Louisiana State University recently inked an athletic partnership with the chicken franchise and will be the first licensed medical Popeyes outlet in the state. Its dispensary in the LSU Student Union opens this fall.
“This law takes critical health care decisions out of the hands of state government and puts them back where they belong: with patients and their lunch provider.”
In remarks before the signing, Edwards said, “I’ll level with you: Popeyes isn’t Airborne Ranger cuisine. But their new Cheddar Biscuit Butterfly Shrimp has been shown to increase survival rates among college graduates who forgot to eat breakfast by 63 percent, and those are numbers we just can’t afford to ignore.”
At a press conference after the signing, Seabaugh remarked, “This law takes critical health care decisions out of the hands of state government and puts them back where they belong: with patients and their lunch provider.”
Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health Dr. Rebekah Gee also lauded the new law.
“In a political environment where Medicaid expansion is in constant peril, I strive to give our patients as many treatment choices as possible, even if those choices are between white and dark meat or regular and spicy,” said Gee, who — as part of the deal — will leave her post and be replaced by Deidrie Henry, the wide-smiling, dulcet-voiced “Popeyes lady” from the chain’s popular radio and television ad campaigns.