The State Supreme Court has dismissed a lawsuit seeking to knock Medicaid expansion off the ballot.
Insure the Good Life campaign manager Meg Mandy says it’s a familiar issue since the Unicameral has debated it every year since passage of the Affordable Care Act.
“But because there’s six years of news coverage on this, it’s something that people are really familiar with and that’s what we found when we were collecting signatures is that it didn’t require a lot of explanation, because health care for working people seems obvious,” Mandy tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Legislators have rejected efforts to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, prompting supporters to take the issue directly to the voters. It is estimated that approximately 90,000 low-income Nebraskans would qualify. Supporters also contend it would stimulate the state economy by drawing down federal funding to pay 90% of expansion.
Mandy says voters will do what the Unicameral has refused to do.
“So, I think that this is an issue that the legislature has unfortunately politicized and been out of touch with people on and I think that voters will show that this is something we have wanted for the past six years and we’re going to vote ‘Yes’ on it in November,” Mandy says.
Insure the Good Life gathered more than enough signatures of registered voters to qualify for ballot status in November. They submitted nearly 140,000 signatures. Secretary of State John Gale confirmed 105,000 of the signatures were valid, well above the threshold required by state law.
State Sen. Lydia Brash and former state Sen. Mark Christensen filed a lawsuit, claiming the initiative petition violated the Nebraska Constitution by containing more than one subject and by failing to disclose Nebraska Appleseed as a sponsor.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]