LINCOLN (AP) - Supporters of expanded Medicaid are trying to revive the stalled bill, arguing that a failure to act would force hospital closures in rural Nebraska.
Sen. Steve Lathrop of Omaha raised the issue Wednesday as lawmakers debated an unrelated bill. He was followed by several others who led the push to expand coverage as part of the federal health care law. Supporters say they have enough votes to pass the measure, but they fell short of the support needed to end a filibuster. It's unclear whether the move swayed any votes, but Sen. Ernie Chambers threatened to filibuster all bills for the rest of the session unless lawmakers allow an up-or-down vote on the Medicaid proposal.