Shortly after midnight on Election Day, with about 75% of the ballots counted in the state, the advocates for expanded Medicaid claimed victory.
Unofficially, they held a 53-47% margin. By 3 a.m. the margin was about the same with 96% of the votes counted, according to the Nebraska Secretary of State’s office.
The voters thought otherwise in Lincoln County, where 6,558 people voted against and 5,337 for, according to the unofficial final total announced at 12:30 a.m. Votes still have to be canvassed (double checked) before the count is official. Canvassing typically takes until the Thursday or Friday following the election.
Insure the Good Life, the campaign committee for expanded Medicaid, said, “Accessible, affordable healthcare just became a reality for 90,000 hard-working, uninsured Nebraskans.”
Medicaid expansion will cover nearly 90,000 Nebraskans who are currently “ in the gap” between Medicaid and Obamacare.
“These are individuals working at jobs that come without health care coverage and earn less than $17,000 a year,” Insure the Good Life said.