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Heineman’s Health Care Fight, Round Two

By   /   September 1, 2010  /   News  /   3 Comments

Politics continues to rear its head in the fight over Governor Dave Heineman’s (NE-R) attempt to repeal President Obama’s federal health care law.

First it was Democrat Anne Boyle, who is running for Lt. Governor with Mike Meister, accusing Heineman of “blackmail politics” by forcing school groups to choose between health care and education. Heineman denies the charges (see exclusive video below) which erupted after the Governor sent a letter to several state education groups. Heineman said if the organizations didn’t support repeal, he’d assume they favored cuts in state spending for education.

Now Robert Evnen, a member of the State Board of Education who was appointed in 2005 by Heineman, is asking the Board to repeal its support of federal health care reform. In a resolution that could be voted on Thursday, Evnen says, “unfunded mandates make state and local governments legally responsible for raising and spending taxes on programs over which they have no control.”

Evnen cites the same numbers the Governor is trumpeting. Both argue that Medicaid spending in Nebraska will jump between $526 million and $766 million over the next ten years. Democrats insist the numbers are badly inflated.

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Reported by Joe Jordan, joe@nebraskawatchdog.org


Joe formerly served as staff reporter for Watchdog.org.

  • PBL

    Tax and spend democrats like the Boyles would like us to believe we can afford these unfunded mandates. It ain’t so and tough decisions have to be made. We have to stand-up to Obamacare and get it repealed.

  • John

    I can’t believe Ann Boyle would be so out of touch. It was the Democrats that forced all these mandates on the states, if I remember correctly. It was a Democrat, Ben Nelson, that got screwed over by his own party when he tried to look out for the Medicaid funds when he sold his vote on the Health Care bill.

    Now you have Boyle who is a dyed in the wool Progressive Democrat whining about the costs going up.

    We also have a Democrat, who is trying to unseat Lee Terry, who has stated he is all for the Obama agenda.

    I ask you, after the last eighteen months, why would anyone in their right mind vote for more deficit spending, pushing unfunded programs that are extremely inefficient at best, to pursue an agenda that is putting the clamps on the very people that are required to pay for government malfeasance?

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