If you've been following the presidential campaign the last few weeks,
you've probably caught a glimpse of John McCain going on one of his
well-rehearsed rants about the
community organizing group ACORN and how its voter registration
campaigns may amount to "one of the greatest frauds in voter history in
In this year's presidential primary, 1.7 million Massachusetts voters
cast a ballot. That's over a million more than the number that voted in
the 2004 primary. Such an increase in turnout is unprecedented in the
state, and similar increases took place in states throughout the
country. What made for such a jaw-dropping surge in democratic
participation? The answer is simple: people in every state felt their
voice mattered. Wouldn't it be great if Massachusetts voters felt that
way in November as well?
Everyone knows that
individuals and small
employers face crushing
health insurance costs
when they try to buy
coverage on their own.
But state legislators in Hartford are
about to take a simple yet far-reaching
step to address the problem.
By allowing municipalities and
small businesses to buy into the group
plan currently provided to state
employees, the recently introduced
Connecticut Healthcare Partnership
would give working families the clout
they need to negotiate a better deal for
Turn on the news or open up the paper, and you'll read countless stories about how families and small businesses in Colorado are being hit hard by everything from rising gas prices to home foreclosures to the cost of health care. It seems like every sector of the economy is in trouble except, perhaps, the health care industry and health insurance companies in particular. They've never had it so good.
With toxic toys flooding American markets and with corporate and
federal leaders doing little to address the crisis, it's time for
Connecticut to stand up with other states and say enough is enough. The
General Assembly will get a chance to do just that when the Act Banning
Children's Products Containing Lead, Phthalates, or Bisphenol-A comes
up for a vote. It should jump on the chance.