Medical woes hit Fremont family

FREMONT, Neb. (KMTV) - The hot button political issue that Nebraskans will likely vote on in November - Medicaid expansion - continues to affect Nebraskan families.

Supporters say 90,000 low-income people in Nebraska would benefit from the help, while opponents believe it's too expensive and would cost taxpayers more money.

Pamela Christ and her husband, who live in Fremont, are disabled and can't work. She fell on ice in 2013 and is still recovering from a traumatic head injury. Her husband has a heart condition and has had seven heart attacks. Together, they've accumulated nearly half a million dollars in medical bills.

"To me, this Medicaid expansion is a matter of life and death because people are choosing, well if I have symptoms and have chest pains, do I stay home and take that chance or do I call an ambulance and think about that bill?" said Christ.

Last week, a group called Insure the Good Life turned in 135,000 petition signatures to bring Medicaid expansion to a referendum.

Senator Lydia Brasch says the cost of providing more coverage will have a negative effect on property taxes. Former Sen. Mark Christensen is joining her lawsuit.

On Tuesday evening, Insure the Good Life responded to the lawsuit saying, "This is clearly a desperate attempt to block the people's ability to voice their opinion on this issue."

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