A little over 53% of Nebraska voters said yes to Initiative 427, which will expand Medicaid in Nebraska, bringing in millions of federal dollars to provide health care for low income Nebraskans but also costing the state millions of dollars to provide a ten percent match.
But only 8 of the 93 counties in the state said yes to Medicaid expansion, three of them the largest counties in the state, Lancaster, Sarpy and Douglas in the Lincoln-Omaha municipalities. Scotts Bluff County, with 51% approval, and Dawes County in the panhandle, were also among the eight who approved it.
Katie Wolfe, Communications Director for the Insure the Good Life Committee which supported the initiative, says even with only eight counties supporting the initiative, the important number is the 53% majority of the voters that supported it.
Wolfe told KNEB News, “All of those people were Nebraskans, whether they live in the eastern part of the state or the western part of the state. Every person’s vote matters the same, whether they live in a county with a population of only 1,000 or a county with much greater population. The majority of Nebraskans said yes to Medicaid expansion and I think that’s what matters at the end of the day. ”
The Legislature and the Governor will now debate legislation that establishes the people’s wishes in the next session.