Gov. Pete Ricketts doesn’t look favorably on proposals to expand Medicaid in accordance with the federal health care law.
Ricketts rejected a plan last year. A new proposal is being drafted for this year.
Ricketts says he still considers the approach flawed, even though the proposal will be revised. He wants the state to look to other solutions.
“One of the examples I point to is our federally qualified community health care clinics that do a wonderful job of serving people who don’t have insurance,” Ricketts tells Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN. “If you look at the facilities like the One World Clinic in Omaha they do a great job of taking care of people not only on urgent needs, but also more chronic needs like diabetes. So, we have to look for other solutions. The current Obamacare solution doesn’t work.”
The federal government has pledged to pay nearly all the cost of Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act.
Ricketts says even the financial incentive and the proposed revision hasn’t persuaded him that Medicaid expansion is good for Nebraska.
“I think there are other solutions we have take a look at, but I think the current solution where we’re going to be expanding a system that we already know doesn’t work in ways that is going to cost the state of Nebraska a ton of money, which means if we’re taking money away from things such as education and roads that we need to invest in, that’s not the right solution.”
Jane Monnich, KLIN, contributed to this story.