This afternoon Governor Rell announced that she has vetoed bills that would have established a Board of Directors to implement a health insurance program called SustiNet and opened the state employee health insurance program to employees of municipalities, non-profit organizations and small businesses. This is the second consecutive year that Rell has vetoed Rep. Christopher Donovan’s healthcare pooling bill.
Rell also issued an Executive Order establishing a Health Care Reform Advisory Board to develop state-level policies in response to reforms under consideration at the federal level.
House Speaker Christopher G. Donovan, legislative and business leaders, and advocates issued strong reactions to Governor M. Jodi Rell’s veto.
“This is a missed opportunity to give a booster shot to our ailing economy by relieving struggling families and businesses who are cutting back due to rising healthcare costs,” Speaker Donovan said. “These bills would bring comforting relief to those who are suffering from those high costs.”