Nebraska: "Doomed by Trump" Tally increases to 147,000 people
2018 MIDTERM ELECTION
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A few days ago I noted that up to 50,000 South Dakota residents who previously held out at least had some hope that the state might expand Medicaid under the ACA next year have already had that hope yanked out from under them like a rug:
A proposal to expand a federal health insurance program for needy people could be off the table following the results of Tuesday's election.
The victory of Republican Donald Trump, who has called for a repeal of Obamacare, along with the increasingly conservative Republican make-up of the South Dakota state Legislature could thwart Gov. Dennis Daugaard's efforts to expand Medicaid in the state.
Well, the same dynamic is already playing out in Nebraska as well:
Trump win sinks effort to expand Medicaid in Nebraska
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska lawmakers who have fought for years to expand Medicaid coverage under the federal health care law are backing off their effort now that Donald Trump has won the presidential race and Republicans held their majority in Congress.
Trump’s victory cast new doubt over the Obama administration’s signature law and raised questions about whether expanding Medicaid - a key part of the package - would remain an option for states such as Nebraska that have not yet done so.
Sen. John McCollister of Omaha, who introduced a Medicaid coverage bill this year, said supporters decided not to pursue it when the 2017 session convenes in January.
“It’s pretty clear from the election that Congress will be spending a great deal of time on the (Affordable Care Act),” McCollister said. “There’s certainly a desire to expand health care coverage to 97,000 Nebraskans, but until we get some clarity from Congress and the president, I don’t think it’s useful to spend much time on it.”
Yup, between SD and NE, that's 147,000 people so far...and Trump hasn't even been officially elected by the Electoral College yet.