HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman says she's organizing a bipartisan working group to examine how the Republican health care bill that cleared the U.S. House of Representatives could affect Connecticut. Wyman says 800,000 residents on Medicaid and 100,000 using the exchange could be affected by the federal legislation, which now moves to the U.S. Senate. She says Connecticut, which is grappling with budget deficits, could lose $1 billion a year in federal funds under the bill.
4th District Congressman Jim Himes has voted against the American Health Care Act. He was critical of the tax cut for the wealthiest Americans included in the bill. Himes believes the measure also makes getting insurance harder, or even impossible, for poor or sick individuals or families. He plans to put forward policy suggestions that will benefit the health of families--saying he will take his sadness and turn it into action.
5th District Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty reacted to House passage of a new health care bill. She says people who are struggling with addiction or mental illness will likely not get the vital care they need under this bill. Esty acknowledged that the Affordable Care Act had problems, but had been urging Congress to work together to fix it. She called the new health care bill a moral and economic disgrace.