Heineman: support education not healthcare reform

Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman is urging education groups to support repeal of federal health care reform. In a letter sent Wednesday to three associations, Heineman says if they don't support a repeal, he will assume they tacitly support increased Medicaid spending and a likely reduction of education funding.

A study commissioned by the state says health care reform will increase Nebraska's Medicaid costs by $526 million to $766 million over the next decade. A national report shows the cost being between $106 million and $155 million.

Directors of the Nebraska State Education Association, the Nebraska Association of School Boards and the Nebraska Council of School Administrators didn't immediately respond to messages seeking comment about Heineman's letter.