Connecticut Speaker of the House Christopher Donovan says that in doing their research, lawmakers traveled around the state talking to small businesses and insurance carriers. They found that small businesses in particular were paying much higher premiums - for lesser benefits - than what employees in the state's health care pool were receiving.
But Republican governor M. Jodi Rell vetoed the bill, saying that the plan didn't do enough to increase the number of insured people in the state, exaggerated the savings to small business, and would have a "potentially enormous" cost to taxpayers. This year the legislature plans to take it up again immediately, and the governor has expressed her desire to work on a revised version that could pass this session.
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