Sen. McKinney’s statement on Sustinet report

January 7, 2011

State Senate Minority Leader John McKinney (R-Fairfield):

“This report is incomplete at best. How is it that everyone seems to know how much Sustinet will ‘eventually’ save, but no one knows or wants to talk about how much it will cost taxpayers right now? The fact is, there is no plan to pay for up-front and ongoing costs. For example, how will the state pay for the proposed expansion of Medicaid to individuals at 185% of the federal poverty level? And how will the state pay for the proposed increases to HUSKY providers? From what we have seen, the price tag for this single-payer universal healthcare plan will cost taxpayers billions. It would be irresponsible to move forward at this time.”