LINCOLN — Sen. Ben Nelson and Gov. Dave Heineman traded barbs this week over the state's actions involving the creation of a state health insurance exchange.
Democrat Nelson suggested that Heineman should return a $5.5 million federal grant distributed to help design an exchange, "for an idea he opposes, refuses to implement and wants to repeal."
Republican Heineman responded Thursday by blaming Nelson for the passage of the federal health care reform law.
"We will continue to work with Attorney General Bruning and 25 other states to fight the Obama-Nelson health care law that we believe is unconstitutional," he said.
"In the meantime, to protect Nebraska from a federal takeover of our health care system, the State of Nebraska will continue to plan for a health insurance exchange, as required by federal law."
Under the law, the federal government will create exchanges for states that do not create their own.