No surprise here, Gov. Rell has vetoed two much-touted health care reform bills today. One of the two bills would established a commission to study a public health care option, and the other would have expanded the statewide health insurance pool to municipal workers, nonprofits and small businesses.
Rell said the first bill was too “limiting,” and promptly established her own commission to study health care–but with a much vaguer mission. She condemned the second bill as too expensive.
The response from proponents of the reforms was instant and furious. Dan Malloy’s campaign sent out a release titled: “What were you thinking?” in which Malloy questioned just who, exactly, was advising the governor on health care matters. Juan Figueroa of the Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut called the vetoes “[A] slap in the face to thousands of small businesses and every person in this state who cannot wait for quality, affordable health care.” Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz called it “[A] huge missed opportunity for our state,” and urged the legislature to override the vetoes.
Will the legislature override Rell’s veto? Well, the original bills passed the House 109-36, and passed the Senate 21-12 and 23-12. It’s possible, if Democrats can hold together.