As this edition went to press, negotiations were taking place regarding the fate of the SustiNet health care bill, HB-6600. The bill is a misguided effort to mandate an implementation scheme for a concept not yet approved by the General Assembly. That concept, the original SustiNet proposal, would create a massive—and hugely expensive—government-run health care bureaucracy. The long-term goal of many of the bill’s proponents is a single-payer health care system.

CBIA believes that the bill should be amended to include greater participation from employers, insurers and other stakeholders in the system. It should also call for recommendations to the General Assembly regarding the direction for reform, based on federal law changes, rather than planning for implementation of the full SustiNet proposal. CBIA members should contact their state senators and urge them to amend HB-6600.