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.
With two landmark health care reform bills now on her desk, Gov. M. Jodi Rell has to decide whose side she is on -- small businesses and families struggling under the weight of high health care costs, or the state's health insurance industry, which has a big stake in preserving the costly status quo. Will she allow precedent-setting health care reforms to proceed, or will she, for the second year in a row, be the "Governor of No"?
As battle lines are drawn on Capitol Hill over the coming battle over
health care reform, Progressive States Network is putting state
legislators in the middle of the national debate. On Wednesday, PSN led
a delegation representing over 700 state legislators to Washington D.C.
to deliver a letter to the Obama Administration and Congress urging
them to pass comprehensive health care reform with a public insurance
option by the end of the year. The letter, which was signed by a
bipartisan group of over 700 legislators from 48 states, called for any
federal reform bill to include a public health insurance option, strong
affordability protections, and shared employer responsibility for
health care costs.
Last week, the Connecticut House approved
legislation to guarantee paid sick days off for employees in any
business with fifty or more employees. While the Senate adjourned the
regular session without voting on the bill, a special budget session to
be convened might have a chance to enact the bill.
Last week, the Connecticut House of Representatives passed two bills that proponents say will make Connecticut "Obama-ready" for national health care reform being debated in Congress. Most notably, each CT bill would create the choice of a public health insurance plan in the state.
NEW YORK - The Progressive States Network warmly applauds the
Connecticut House of Representatives' passage last night of two
landmark bills that would each create the choice of a public health
insurance plan in the state, the Connecticut Health Partnership, and
SustiNet. The votes underscore the growing momentum at the state level
for the choice of a public plan, a priority for reform endorsed by many
health care advocates and lawmakers at the national level.
Said Progressive States Network Senior Health Care Policy Specialist
Adam Thompson, “If lawmakers in the insurance industry capital of the
world can build the political will to pass legislation including the
choice of a public health insurance plan, then surely our leaders in
Washington DC can do the same.”