Nebraska Right to Life’s Julie Schmit-Albin went after State Senator Bill Krist for his flip on assisted suicide legislation.
In an open letter to Krist, Schmit-Albin writes..
We noted that you voted to pass LB 1056, Physician Assisted Suicide, out of Judiciary Committee.
This appears to be a departure from your previous position on our Nebraska Right to Life Political Action Committee Candidate Survey in 2010. That Question #10 was:
“Would you support a ban on Physician Assisted Suicide?” and you responded “Yes”.
That was printed on both our Primary and General NRL PAC Survey Election Voter Guides in 2010 along with your endorsement from NRL PAC.
In 2014 you did not respond to the NRL PAC Survey.
Has your position changed completely on Physician Assisted Suicide from 2010 or did you vote LB 1056 out of Committee because you feel the issue needs to be discussed by the full body?
This issue and this bill will be watched closely by many in Nebraska and many nationally, as there are many groups interested. Right to Lifers and Catholics in particular have voiced strong opposition to these types of legislation.
Others who want the freedom to end life, particularly in terminal situations with extreme pain, are on the other side. Even with a bill like this which seems to add exclusions, there isn’t always a meeting in the middle.
It’s not clear if Krist is satisfied with the exclusions, has changed his tune, or just wants a debate.
But we will get one in any case.
Into the sunset
The fight for Medicaid expansion goes on as well. A new provision in the bill out of committee looks to add a “sunset” provision allowing “a future Legislature to determine whether to renew the program after three years.”
The Platte Institute, which has been fighting the plan, citing failures in other states, notes that a sunset provision is, using the term of another Senator, “bullcrap”.
“Promising a sunset date is just another false promise LB1032 would make that state lawmakers would later find completely unachievable, politically and legally,” says Adam Weinberg, Communications and Outreach Director for the Platte Institute.
“Elected officials aren’t going to add over 100,000 Nebraskans to public assistance and then try to kick them off because of cost overruns, and even if they did, it may open the state up to lawsuits by beneficiaries or risk the total loss of federal Medicaid funding in Nebraska,” says Weinberg.
The plan also looks to fund the whole thing, according to Don Walton at the LJS, “from the state’s transitional health insurance cash fund, which is nourished by a continuing flow of tobacco settlement dollars allocated to the states for tobacco-related health care costs.”
Right. Because that spigot will NEVER turn off…
As this battle continues, one note:
New South Omaha State Senator Nicole Fox, who is up for election after her appointment, voted AGAINST sending this bill out of committee.
Stop the Madness!
The emails from the Office of the CIO in the Nebraska state government don’t seem to cease.
This time they have warned the suckers working in the Capitol that they will NOT be able to watch March Madness on their computers. OCIO will be blocking ALL sports related websites working their way through the series of tubes, so that the network remains reliable to “conduct the business of the State.”
Ah yes, that.
Just a note that back in the old days when I worked in a U.S. Senate office in DC, there were the TVs up in every office, and there were four different “in-house” channels that played the different committee hearings and floor debate. (I used to be able to identify every Senator by their voice…)
But during the first week of March Madness, those four stations would play the current game from each of the four regionals, LIVE.
And it was glorious.
It was like being at Buffalo Wild Wings, but without the crappy chicken and overpriced weak beer. And no one had to sneak out, or pretend they had a dentist appointment that afternoon.
New York to Miami
There is a big debate tonight.
And that debate is whether to watch the Creighton-Seton Hall game at MSG, or the Presidential debate, which will cross paths after the 7 o’clock hour.
Needless to say, I’ll be attentive to BOTH!
And so should You!
Follow me @LeavenworthSt on the Twitter to follow along, join the fun and see everyone slamming, juking, jiving and choking.
And I’ll be watching the basketball game as well.