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RELEASE: PSN condemns Rell's veto of groundbreaking health care bills, urges override

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 9, 2009
CONTACT: Austin Guest, aguest@progressivestates.org, 212-680-3116 x 110

PROGRESSIVE STATES NETWORK CONDEMNS GOV. RELL'S VETO OF GROUNDBREAKING HEALTH CARE BILLS

Citing opportunity to lead nation in implementing public option, group calls on Connecticut legislators to override veto

NEW YORK — In response to Governor Rell's veto yesterday of two groundbreaking health care bills, Progressive States Network Senior Health Care Policy Specialist Adam Thompson today released the following statement:

“By passing the Connecticut Healthcare Partnership and SustiNet earlier this year, the Connecticut General Assembly gave Governor Rell a unique opportunity. She could have been the first Governor in the country to implement a public health insurance option. She could have extended quality affordable care to 98 percent of the population. She could have given badly needed financial relief to working families and small businesses at a time when they need it most. Instead she chose to uphold a status quo that is crippling the economy and sending families into bankruptcy.

“Given the the surge of public support for the choice of a public health insurance option, including strong support from small businesses, we can only assume that Governor Rell vetoed these bills under pressure from the health insurance industry that is profiting from the status quo. This is hardly a justifiable reason to stand in the way of reform. PSN and the 800 state legislators who have signed our letter urging a public health insurance option deeply regret Gov. Rell's decision, and we hope that Connecticut legislators will reaffirm their commitment to quality affordable health care for all by overriding Governor Rell's veto in the coming weeks.”

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