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Sun Aug 22, 2021, 10:08 PM

Despite success in other states, hopes dim for a public option in Connecticut

With just over two weeks left in the legislative session this year, Democrats who had been pushing legislation to create a public option health plan conceded that the effort would fail again. Opposition from the insurance industry and Gov. Ned Lamont had sunk the bill – the third consecutive year it died unceremoniously.

Twenty-eight hundred miles away, a bill in the General Assembly in Nevada had a different outcome. Following a 12-9 party line vote in the Senate, Nevada became the second state in the nation to approve a public option insurance policy.

Colorado followed a week later. Gov. Jared Polis signed into law a public option set to launch in 2023.

Proponents of Connecticut’s bill kept a close eye on the successes elsewhere. But as they look to the next regular session, many say they still see no clear path to victory.

Read more: https://ctmirror.org/2021/08/22/despite-success-in-other-states-hopes-dim-for-a-public-option-in-connecticut/

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