The state has plenty of other programs it could cut besides educating our future doctors, nurses, and health care professionals. The healthcare industry is going to double in ten years, how will we be ready for it with a shortage of doctors and nurses.
I'm in nursing school at Southeastern, and this kind of puts the writing on the wall for me. With that many healthcare professionals losing their jobs, I foresee it being harder than it normally would be to get a decent job once I graduate due to competition (despite a near 4.0 GPA). Of course, many of those nurses are close to retirement age (if not there already), but it doesn't much matter anyway. The current surplus of jobs will be filled at the remaining healthcare centers, leaving the newbs like me to scratch and claw over whatever is left until private organizations can fill the gap. Because of this, I'm fairly certain that it will be necessary for me to leave Louisiana in the future for better opportunity.
... But I'll cross that bridge when I come to it.
As for the comment about the State having other places to take cuts from... I don't believe that's accurate. The way I understand it is that education and healthcare are part of the state's "general funding", and everything else is wrapped up in the constitution of Louisiana. The Governor can only make cuts out of the general funding, and everything else requires constitutional amendment to impose cuts. Because of this, you get what has been happening to LSU, other Universities, and state funded healthcare facilities.