Back on January 17, 2013, I published an article here at the GiN website entitled “NE Medicaid Expansion: The Race is On.” I followed up with an entire series of articles detailing why Medicaid expansion is an uncommonly bad idea. Those articles were widely read and, I believe, effective in helping to prevent Medicaid expansion within the state — at least, as of this writing.
I have elected to revisit the issue of Medicaid expansion here at GiN because, in browsing through the local press regarding circulation of the initiative petition, I encountered no serious examination of the wisdom of the proposal, only some puff pieces touting the efforts of the petition circulators and echoing their talking points — which, by the way, I find disturbingly familiar.
To begin, I would like to suggest a little not-so-light reading. You can find a digital copy of the initiative petition language here. In addition, Ballotpedia has a short but informative summary of the history of Medicaid expansion efforts in Nebraska and the procedure through which the current initiative measure may — or may not — make its way onto the ballot in November.
Finally, check back here to this, the GiN website. In the coming days, I will be publishing a new series of articles refuting petition-backers’ claims and establishing beyond any doubt that Medicaid expansion is still an uncommonly bad idea for Nebraska and Nebraskans.
[Editor's Note: One of our sister sites Grassroots in Nebraska (GiN) is doing a series on Medicaid Expansion and we will be covering them here on OKGrassroots. My good friend Linda Rohman is the author of this series and a great researcher too! I look forward to seeing the story unfold and putting the information to work here in Oklahoma too!/sc]