Opponents of a measure to expand Medicaid coverage in Nebraska have filed a lawsuit to try to keep the issue from appearing on the November general-election ballot.
The lawsuit was filed Monday on behalf of state Sen. Lydia Brasch, of Bancroft, and former state Sen. Mark Christensen, of Imperial. Both are Republicans who have opposed Medicaid expansion bills in the Legislature.
Among other things, the lawsuit argues that the petition violates Nebraska’s Constitution as well as a law that dictates how state money can be spent.
The petition drive’s campaign manager, Meg Mandy, says the lawsuit is “clearly a desperate attempt to block the people’s ability to voice their opinion on this issue and ensure affordable health care for 90,000 Nebraskans.”
KTIC contacted Senator Brasch for a comment late Tuesday night. Brasch said she was instructed not to comment until the lawsuit is done and suggested we contact their attorney in the case J.L. Spray. Spray also declined Wednesday to go on record.