Rell Vetoes Sharing State Worker Insurance Pool


On Friday, June 13, 2008, Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell vetoed the Act to Create a Connecticut Healthcare Partnership, which would have permited municipalities, nonprofit companies and small businesses to join the state employee health insurance pool. 

Democrats in the state House of Representatives and Senate passed the bill more than a month ago with strong support by the state employee unions.  Most Republicans voted against it.  

“Any state law that impacts billions of dollars in costs and liabilities needs to be based on a firmer analytical and actuarial foundation,” Rell said. “No detailed, independent and comprehensive study of the potential benefits is currently available. Yet, this is exactly the kind of information we really need before moving ahead with this concept.”

However, union officials and Rep. Christopher Donovan — the bill’s chief proponent – say the measure would help save money by taking advantage of economies of scale from the large pool now filled with state employees and their families. Some of the state’s top union officials, including state AFL-CIO President John Olsen, rallied in front of the state Capitol recently in an effort to persuade Rell to sign the bill.,0,3543902.story



One Response to “Rell Vetoes Sharing State Worker Insurance Pool”

  1. bob gardner Says:

    No matter how little I expect from Jodi, she still manages to deliver less. On the other hand, she has tilted the playing field even further for the likes of Anthem.

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