Rell asks for economic costs of health care law

Gov. M. Jodi Rell has asked the Department of Economic and Community Development to issue a report by April 15 of the economic impact of the national health care reform law.

“Connecticut employees – in businesses large and small – face some steep costs associated with the federal health care reform bill.  I think it is important that we know just what those costs will be if the bill could result in job losses,” she said.

Eric George, a lobbyist for the Connecticut Business and Industry Association, estimates, at the very least, jobs will be lost at Connecticut’s health insurance companies.

He said in 2006, there were 245,242 people employed by health-insurance related companies and $9.8 billion was paid in payroll.

“Too many jobs are attached to the insurance industry here. And this [law] will put those jobs at risk,” he said.