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January 25, 2018

ANALYSIS | CT Health Reform Reaches New Low, But There Are Hints Of Optimism

by Ellen Andrews | Jan 25, 2018 10:42am
Posted to: Analysis | Health Care | Insurance | Opinion | Health Care Opinion | Public Health


Connecticut healthcare thoughtleaders gave our state a “C” for health reform this year, the lowest grade in our survey’s five years. None of the dozens of leaders across Connecticut’s health care system who responded to the survey gave the state an “A.”

The biggest losses this year were in Medicaid and data-based policymaking, but performance in every issue area has eroded. As in the past Connecticut rated a slightly higher C+ grade for effort. I’m not sure if that is a good thing or not.

In the annual survey we ask Connecticut doctors, nurses, hospitals, other providers, reporters, insurance executives, academics, community and faith-based organizations, labor, employers, trade and industry associations, business leaders, brokers, payers, foundations, and consumer advocates for their assessment of our state’s progress, but this year we also asked about the impact of changes at the state and federal level and for their best advice to the next Governor. There is a lot of wisdom for policymakers in their responses.

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OP-ED | Good News is Hard to Take

by Susan Bigelow | Jan 25, 2018 7:48am
Posted to: Analysis | Economic Development | The Economy | Opinion

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Connecticut’s economy grew by 3.9 percent during the third quarter of 2017, ranking us as one of the fastest-growing economies in the entire nation.

Wait, no, that can’t be right. Can it?

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January 19, 2018

OP-ED | As a Father and Teacher, I Find Donald Trump Extremely Disturbing

by Barth Keck | Jan 19, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: Analysis | Child Welfare | Congress | Education | Immigration | Opinion | White House

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I am a father and teacher. I am deeply disturbed by President Donald Trump.

My dismay is not political. Instead, it involves his narcissistic and boorish behavior, underscored most recently by his characterization of Haiti, El Salvador, and African nations as “shithole countries.”

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OP-ED | Nostalgia for Governor

by Susan Bigelow | Jan 19, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: Analysis | Election 2006 | Election 2010 | Election 2018 | Media Matters | Opinion

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Log into Blogger dot com and protest the Iraq War, it’s 2006 again!

Does anyone remember the last time progressives in Connecticut were all genuinely excited about the same candidate? It’s been a long time.

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January 17, 2018

OP-ED | Replacing The Individual Mandate With Something Better

by Ted Doolittle | Jan 17, 2018 7:17am
Posted to: Opinion | Health Care Opinion

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The Affordable Care Act’s unpopular individual mandate has been repealed as part of a massive tax overhaul, leaving most other elements of the ACA in place. No part of the ACA is less loved than the individual mandate, a tax designed to encourage uninsured folks to get health insurance. It hits working people who do not have insurance through their jobs, but who don’t realize they qualify for the ACA’s no-cost or low-cost insurance options – or who make too much to qualify for assistance, but can’t afford to buy health insurance on their own.

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January 12, 2018

OP-ED | Election 2018: What Fundraising Numbers Tell Us and What They Don’t

by Susan Bigelow | Jan 12, 2018 9:59am
Posted to: Analysis | Campaign Finance | Election 2018 | Opinion

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A column about fundraising totals appeals to political nerds like me, but to virtually no one else. Many people see a focus on fundraising as pointless distraction from the real issues, and as a symptom of the problems of big money in politics.

That said, there are a few things we can learn about where the 2018 election may be heading, and about the candidates themselves. So here’s a quick look at where things stand.

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OP-ED | Who Needs Illinois? Connecticut Should Channel Oregon

by Terry Cowgill | Jan 12, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: Analysis | The Economy | Technology sector | Opinion | State Budget | Pensions | Taxes

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When it comes to leaving Connecticut, there’s data and then there’s data. Since we live in a place that is obviously in some stage of decline, we’ve all suspected that people are moving out of the state in droves, even as census numbers suggested we were pretty much holding our own until a few years ago.

But now we have a different set of numbers that, while unscientific, nonetheless show what many of us have suspected for years: there aren’t many people who want to move here.

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January 10, 2018

OP-ED | Prescription Costs Are Squeezing Out Other Connecticut Priorities, But We Have Options

by Ellen Andrews | Jan 10, 2018 11:30am
Posted to: Analysis | Health Care | Insurance | Opinion | Health Care Opinion | Public Health | State Budget


Connecticut’s state budget is out of balance, reflecting the weakness in our state economy. Policymakers have been forced into compromising support for critical priorities, in healthcare and beyond.

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January 5, 2018

OP-ED | Teacher Pension Predicament Requires Enlightened Solutions

by Barth Keck | Jan 5, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: Analysis | Education | Labor | Opinion | Social Security | State Budget | Pensions

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Each new year offers the potential for a fresh start, but progress in 2018 will be challenging in Connecticut.

At year’s end, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and legislators were still tussling over budget issues, the state continued to lose jobs, and none of the preliminary gubernatorial candidates offered honest solutions to the state’s fiscal quagmire.

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January 4, 2018

OP-ED | Reckless Predictions for 2018

by Susan Bigelow | Jan 4, 2018 5:00pm
Posted to: Analysis | Congress | Election 2018 | Health Care | Insurance | Opinion | State Budget | Taxes

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It’s going to be another wild one, what with an open-seat governor’s race, the ongoing scary-clown circus of Washington, a sure-to-be contentious legislative session, even more financial free-fall, and and the midterm elections all coming up. You’re ready, right?

Right?

Well, I’m ready. And to prove it, here are some of the ways I think it’s all going to turn out.

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