But this year’s bill (LB887) didn’t persuade any more senators to join the supporters’ inner circle. In fact, a few may have sidled away.

An attempt to force a vote on the bill Wednesday morning fizzled 27-21. Thirty-three votes were needed. Only 25 would have been needed to move the bill forward without the filibuster.

Campbell labeled it a “Pyrrhic” victory for opponents, one that has such a high cost it is tantamount to defeat. The need for health insurance for tens of thousands of Nebraskans won’t go away, and supporters will be back, she said.

“Whatever we shape that program to look like, it might not look like (LB)887, but we will eventually get there,” she said.