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The 912 Project-Nebraska Message Board › , "Wellness in Nebraska Act" LB887 is Legislative Malpractice Vote

, "Wellness in Nebraska Act" LB887 is Legislative Malpractice Vote on Tuesday March 18th

Darlene E.
user 14539080
Omaha, NE
Post #: 396
"Wellness in Nebraska Act" LB887 is Legislative Malpractice
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1 The Issue

The advent of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has created a number of problems for our state that did not exist prior to that legislation, in addition to exacerbating most, if not all of the existing issues faced by Nebraskans.

We long ago decided as a society to care for those who could not care for themselves. This deference to the needs of the vulnerable is a hallmark of our social contract and has been a driver of public policy for more than a century. It is the foundation of our entire social services system.

For more than a century the issue hasn’t been “should we,” but rather “how can we” best utilize taxpayer dollars to ensure an acceptable level of care for this population. The problem however, is in defining this population and determining the meaning of “acceptable” as it relates to our responsibilities under our social contract.

The argument over the ACA will not be resolved by what we do here, in the Unicameral, but we will determine the direction our state will take for the next decade or two, and that decision will be among the most consequential choices ever made in our state. We cannot fail to choose wisely.

The proponents of LB887 say their bill will:

Cover the uninsured

Control the rising costs of health care in Nebraska

Resolve issues of access to Primary and Specialty care in underserved areas

Provide assistance to the Medical community in areas of workforce development

The cost of health insurance is driven by multiple factors, not the least of which is government mandates for care, coverage or reporting. LB887 relieves none of these pressures, but instead increases each exponentially.

The number of uninsured in Nebraska is in some dispute, and the fluidity of employment options, economic conditions and income dynamics make certain that the true number will always be a moving target. That being said, the most common figure cited is roughly 100,000.

This number is made up of the Medicaid newly eligible under Expansion plans from the ACA, in addition to those individuals who are currently eligible for Medicaid, but are not enrolled for some reason.

It is this eligible, but unenrolled population that remains unaddressed in LB887. It is essential to remember that the much touted federal reimbursement rate for Medicaid expansion under the ACA (100% stepping down to 90%) only applies to the newly eligible population.

Those currently eligible but not yet enrolled will be reimbursed at the current Medicaid match rate, although the state will still be mandated to provide coverage for them at the level provided the newly eligible, which LB887 has set at “Silver plan or equivalent.” This clearly is an unfunded and unaffordable mandate.

Between 20% - 38% of the uninsured in Nebraska will not be covered at the 100% rate. Calculated on the low end, this still represents an increase in state expenditures that is roughly equivalent to the existing annual budget for road and bridge maintenance for the entire State of Nebraska.

These estimates also assume that participation rates will be lower than 74%. Data from states who have expanded Medicaid already indicate that the level of participation is indeed much higher.

To put it succinctly, all the reasons for opposing last year’s Medicaid Expansion bill (LB577) remain applicable to this year’s attempt, in addition to a great many more specific to LB887.

Included in this paper is a position statement from Nebraska Taxpayers for Freedom outlining their opposition, and their reasons for it, as well as a copy of the recent report on LB887 from the Platte Institute. It isn’t necessary to recap the specifics of their findings in this report, as the findings themselves are attached for your review. It is important to understand the overall climate to which their analyses apply, and that is the purpose of this paper.

The egregious overreach of the ACA has broken down many long-held and respected barriers to bureaucratic intrusion into the lives of individual citizens. Because the ACA involves the use of tax dollars to such an unprecedented extent, policy-makers have taken the tack that they must exercise greater control over the practice and system of medicine in order to satisfy their obligations of good stewardship of public funds. To this end, their ideas have ranged from mild “nanny-state” incrementalism to full-blown advocacy of single-payer socialized medicine.

LB887 and its preparatory legislation, LB916, cannot be fully understood, nor their ultimate impact assessed without an appraisal of their provisions in context of Legislative Resolution 422, which is a plan structure for the “transformation” of health care in Nebraska. An examination of the clear language in LR422 pulls the curtain back from the wizard, exposing the stunning overreach of LB887. To begin however, let’s examine the “infrastructure” bill, LB916.

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Richard E.
Plattsmouth, NE
Post #: 1,372
After being apprized of this attempt to institute "Obumblercare" under the tent door I contacted the sponsors of the bill stating my objections. One of them fired back a reply stating their support for the measure and thanking me for my support! Talk about a "tin ear!" I forwarded the reply to my state senator (proud of him!). I call this "Robin Hood" legislation under the guise of helping the less-fortunate. Phooey!!! Help those in need by making employment available. My employer paid large sums of money to protect me and my family. What has happened since then? I'd rather have a job; any job!
Darlene E.
user 14539080
Omaha, NE
Post #: 399

Darlene E.
user 14539080
Omaha, NE
Post #: 400
If you haven't called or sent an e-mail yet, the time is now. Debate is set to start next week.
Darlene E.
user 14539080
Omaha, NE
Post #: 402
Vote on LB887 is on Tuesday March 18th. Please call and tell your state legislator to vote no.

WATERMEIER, Dan, 1 402-471-2733

KINTNER, Bill,2, 402-471-2613

GARRETT, Tom,3, 402-471-2627

PIRSCH, Pete,4, 402-471-2621

MELLO, Heath, 5, 402-471-2710

NELSON, John, 6, 402-471-2714

NORDQUIST, Jeremy, 7, 402-471-2721

HARR, Burke, 8, 402-471-2722

HOWARD, Sara, 9, 402-471-2723

KRIST, Bob, 10,

CHAMBERS, Ernie, 11, 402-471-2612

LATHROP, Steve, 12, 402-471-2623

COOK, Tanya, 13, 402-471-2727

SMITH, Jim, 14, 402-471-2730

JANSSEN, Charlie, 15, 402-471-2625

BRASCH, Lydia, 16, 402-471-2728

BLOOMFIELD, Dave, 17, 402-471-2716

LAUTENBAUGH, Scott, 18, 402-471-2618

SCHEER, Jim, 19, 402-471-2929

ASHFORD, Brad, 20, 402-471-2622

HAAR, Ken, 21, 402-471-2673

SCHUMACHER, Paul, 22, 402-471-2715

JOHNSON, Jerry, 23, 402-471-2719

ADAMS, Greg, 24, 402-471-2756

CAMPBELL, Kathy, 25, 402-471-2731

MCGILL, Amanda, 26, 402-471-2610

COASH, Colby, 27, 402-471-2632

AVERY, Bill, 28, 402-471-2633

BOLZ, Kate, 29, 402-471-2734

WALLMAN, Norman, 30, 402-471-2620

KOLOWSKI, Rick, 31, 402-471-2327

KARPISEK, Russ, 32, 402-471-2711

SEILER, Les, 33, 402-471-2712

DUBAS, Annette, 34, 402-471-2630

GLOOR, Mike, 35, 402-471-2617

WIGHTMAN, John, 36, 402-471-2642

HADLEY, Galen, 37, 402-471-2726

CARLSON, Tom, 38, 402-471-2732

McCOY, Beau, 39, 402-471-2885

LARSON, Tyson, 40, 402-471-2801

SULLIVAN, Kate, 41, 402-471-2631

HANSEN, Tom, 42, 402-471-2729

CHRISTENSEN, Mark, 44, 402-471-2805

CRAWFORD, Sue, 45, 402-471-2615

CONRAD, Danielle, 46, 402-471-2720Â

SCHILZ, Ken, 47, 402-471-2616

HARMS, John, 48, 402-471-2802

MURANTE, John, 49, 402-471-2725

Darlene E.
user 14539080
Omaha, NE
Post #: 403
Richard E.
Plattsmouth, NE
Post #: 1,379
The supporters claim they'll be back. Should this be reintroduced, I'll fight this then too. I'm sending a "thank you" note to my Senator.
Darlene E.
user 14539080
Omaha, NE
Post #: 404
Let's hope we at least get a years reprieve from this fight. My senator voted for this bill.
Glen F.
user 11731625
Springfield, NE
Post #: 212
Please help spread the word about the money bomb for Senator Kintner. A small investment today will protect Nebraskans from future attempts to implement Obuummmercare. https://www.facebook....­
Darlene E.
user 14539080
Omaha, NE
Post #: 418
The bill has been pulled. RAMP UP THE CALLS! Sen Wallman has attached Lb887 to Carlson's water bill LB1098!


Nothing more to add to Joe Herring’s alert than HOLY COW!! The last-minute sneak attack just happened! Wallman is trying to hold Nebraska Agriculture hostage to Medicaid Expansion.

We’re fighting Medicaid Expansion now. But the list is enough of a guide to tell you they will not likely vote for this 887 scam. When you call them, tell them to stay strong and thank them for their 485 stand.

Every office not on this list (Senator Carlson is being used here. He has been a good ally on 887 and 485 so don’t blame him) - ESPECIALLY WALLMAN – should be so swamped with calls and emails that they get nothing done. AND MAKE THEM AWARE IT WILL CONTINUE UNTIL WALLMAN PULLS THIS AWAY.

These senators voted against closure on LB485.
From N4PR

(Asterik by senators who also testified in opposition to 485)

l. Bloomfield *
2.Brasch *
3.Carlson *
4.Christensen *
6. Hansen *
7. Harms *
8. Janssen *
9. Johnson *
10. Kintner *
11. Larson
12. McCoy *
13. Murante
14. Nelson *
15. Pirsch
16. Scheer
17. Schilz
18. Seiler
19. Smith *
20. Sullivan
21. Watermeier
22. Wightman

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