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Insurers sank Connecticut's 'public option.'  Would a national version survive?



The CT Mirror

March 1, 2020

Health care costs were rising. People couldn't afford coverage. So, in Connecticut, state lawmakers took action.

Their solution was to attempt to create a public health insurance option, managed by the state, which would ostensibly serve as a low-cost alternative for people who couldn't afford private plans.

Immediately, an aggressive industry mobilized to kill the idea. Despite months of lobbying, debate and organizing, the proposal was dead on arrival.

"That bill was met with a steam train of opposition," recalls State Rep. Sean Scanlon, who chairs the legislature's insurance and real estate committee.

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Lamont proposes $45 M for development authority pushed by tolls ally

The CT Mirror

February 7, 2020

Gov. Ned Lamont has proposed borrowing $45 million to launch a transit-orientated development authority that still lacks an oversight board and that he and lawmakers effectively opted not to fund eight months ago.

Senate Republican leader Len Fasano blasted the move Thursday, calling it an "irresponsible" effort to buy votes for truck tolls.

"Why are we giving $45 million to a yet-to-be-formed agency that has no track record?" Fasano asked. "This is irresponsible."

But House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz, who spearheaded the creation of the Connecticut Municipal Redevelopment Authority, and the Lamont administration counter-charged that Fasano is resorting to partisan sniping and distortions to stymie a statewide transportation rebuild.

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