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Dave Heineman on Health Care

Republican NE Governor


Nebraska will not be pressured into expanding Medicaid

The implementation of ObamaCare has been one disaster after another. Pres. Obama promised the American people that if you already have insurance, his plan would reduce your insurance premiums up to $2,500 per family per year. The facts show otherwise. The required parts of the new federal health care law alone will cost the State of Nebraska more than $200 million in state general funds over the next 6 years.

Pres. Obama and his political operatives are trying to pressure Nebraska into expanding Medicaid, but Nebraska will not be intimidated by the Obama administration. The US Supreme Court said ObamaCare's Medicaid expansion is optional. It is up to each state to decide how they want to proceed. The financial reality of expanding Medicaid is very simple. Expanding Medicaid will result in less future funding for state aid to education and our state college system. The responsible choice is to reject this optional Medicaid expansion.

Source: 2014 State of the State Address to Nebraska legislature , Jan 15, 2014

Don't spend money on ObamaCare until Supreme Court decision

The new federal health care law raises taxes, cuts Medicare and contains an enormous unfunded Medicaid mandate. Because it is the current law, our state is moving forward with the planning and designing of a state health insurance exchange.

Our state has been working hard for nearly two years to protect Nebraska's interests, and I want to assure you and our citizens that Nebraska will not default to the federal government regarding a health insurance exchange. However, it is important to recognize that the United States Supreme Court will decide whether this law is constitutional or not by June 29 of this year. In an unprecedented move, the Supreme Court will have three days of oral arguments on this issue in late March. The simple truth is it would be a costly mistake to spend millions of taxpayer dollars to begin implementing Obamacare until the United States Supreme Court makes its decision.

Source: 2012 Nebraska State of the State Address , Jan 12, 2012

Opposes ObamaCare as bad for health & pocketbook

The new federal health care law raises taxes on Nebraskans, cuts Medicare and causes health insurance premiums to increase
Source: Nancy Hicks in Lincoln Journal Star , Jul 31, 2010

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VA-R: Bob McDonnell(Retiring)
VA-R: Ken Cuccinelli (lost)
VA-D: Terry McAuliffe (won)

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AR: Ross(D) vs.Hutchinson(R)
CA: Brown(D) vs.Solis(D) vs.Villaraigosa(D)
CO: Hickenlooper(D) vs.Tancredo(R) vs.Hess(L)
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FL-R: Rick Scott
GA-R: Nathan Deal
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ME-R: Paul LePage
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NH-D: Maggie Hassan
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NV-R: Brian Sandoval
NY-D: Andrew Cuomo
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OK-R: Mary Fallin
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Page last updated: Jan 24, 2014