Obamacare for Connecticut: Dr. SustiNet’s Prescription for Big Government Healthcare

In 2009, Connecticut’s General Assembly passed SustiNet, a bill which creates a state commission to develop a plan to expand government health care and report back to the legislature in 2011. There are two laudable goals within SustiNet: to reduce the number of Connecticut residents without health insurance, and to reduce the growth of state health care costs. This Yankee Institute study of SustiNet finds that the program will cost over $2 billion annually and will neither reduce the growth of state health care spending nor save Connecticut families money. The likely result of SustiNet will be a program that is more expensive than its sponsors anticipate and it will cause a number of unintended consequences for health care consumers, those with private insurance, health care providers, and taxpayers.

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