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SustiNet Supporters Get Modest Concessions from CT Gov. Malloy

Earlier this year, Connecticut’s Democratic Governor, Dannel Malloy, reached a deal that effectively gutted much of the SustiNet proposal that was a top goal of many health care activists in Connecticut. Originally, the SustiNet plan would have combined everyone currently covered by the state into a single insurance pool, and they would be offered a strong public option that all individuals and businesses in the state could buy into, but Malloy’s deal both significantly shrunk the program and dropped the critical public option aspect.

Recently, though, the Malloy administration has made some concessions to the SustiNet supporters, agreeing to have the state continue to examine the possibility of more significant reformer, but not committing to implement them. From CT Mirror:

The agreement with SustiNet supporters would not commit the state to creating a public option, but keeps the idea alive.

According to draft language for the proposal, the SustiNet cabinet would be charged with developing a business plan for implementing state health reform and provisions of the federal health reform law.

“Such business plan may include (1) an assessment of various models for providing health care coverage, including, but not limited to, for profit and nonprofit organizations, insurance cooperatives, or self insurance, and (2) appropriate implementation recommendations for the Governor’s consideration,” the draft says.

Asking for “more studies” is often the way in politics to quickly kill an idea, but at least leaving the door open a crack is an improvement over completely slamming it shut.

Perhaps, in a few years, when the current federal health care law has proven to be a cost control failure, the idea might get another serious look.

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Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at