Last night, the Connecticut Senate approved the SustiNet health care reform bill by a 22 – 14 vote. House Bill 6308, An Act Concerning Healthcare Reform, previously passed the House in an 88 to 48 vote. It now moves to Gov. Dan Malloy (D) for signature. Since the governor’s staff worked on the final language in response to persistent pressure from parents, small businesses, physicians, low-income advocates and the faith and labor communities, the Governor’s signature is expected.
Amazingly, the bill was declared dead just a few weeks ago by some in the media, the bill contains “pooling provisions” and core elements of the SustiNet proposal developed by the 11-member SustiNet Board, which drafted the plan with the active support of over 200 Connecticut residents working on eight committees.
In the video below, state Rep. Roland Lemar (D-96 Dist.) talks about how the bill saves taxpayer money now and paves the way for expanded coverage for all of us.
If only Republicans in Washington would follow Connecticut’s lead …