To highlight the fight, a progressive group is now running radio ads in the state.
The spots by Americans United for Change contrast Gov. Dave Heineman's (R) request for a new $3.3 million state plane with his refusal to pay the state's relatively minor share of the cost to expand Medicaid. [...]The hospital argument is a salient one, a good one to home in on in these ads. Rural hospitals in Nebraska, as in all the states that have refused the expansion, are warning of inevitable closures if the Medicaid money doesn't come in. About 54,000 Nebraskans fall into the Medicaid gap.
"Gov. Heineman says he needs a new private plane to do his job," says the ad, which targets reluctant GOP state senators in districts where many constituents would benefit from the expansion. "The price tag? $3.3 million, courtesy of the Nebraska taxpayers. Heineman says Nebraska can afford to fly him around in style –- but then says we can’t afford to expand Medicaid to keep our rural hospitals from going under."