Susan Bigelow is an award-winning columnist and the founder of CTLocalPolitics. She lives in Enfield with her wife and their cats.
It’s hard to write a column about Connecticut’s legislative session as if nothing is happening. In a lot of ways, though, the legislators themselves are pretending President Trump isn’t there. But how can the government of a small state cope with the radical change coming out of the nation’s capital?
We can do quite a lot. It’s discouraging that our lawmakers have yet to do so, but I hope in time, as the magnitude of our unfolding national disaster becomes clear and the need for action becomes more pressing, that they will.
Let’s take just the things that have happened this week.
First, the Affordable Care Act is a dead law walking. Republicans in Congress are ready and willing to gut it, clean it, and fry it up on the grill. I wrote about this before, but it bears repeating: Connecticut can and should be ready for there to be no real replacement for Obamacare. When the law is struck down, people are going to be hurting. Something needs to be in place to help them. I suggested a plan similar to MassHealth, or the intriguing SustiNet, which was supposed to pool all the state employees into a public health insurance option, but I’d love to hear other ideas. If the federal government is going to abdicate its responsibility like this, then the states must pick it up.
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