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Senators press fight with Aetna over quitting ACA exchanges

Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini

Updated at 5:12 p.m.
WASHINGTON — A group of liberal senators and Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini continued their battle Friday, with the lawmakers accusing the insurance executive of avoiding their questions about Aetna’s decision to quit 11 health insurance exchanges. Continue Reading →

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Warren, Sanders demand Aetna explain decision to quit ACA exchanges

Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini.

Updated 5:27 p.m.
WASHINGTON – In a strongly worded letter to Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and several other Democrats, including Sen. Bernie Sanders, have asked the company to explain why it entered into a “risky” merger deal with Humana that now makes it financially unable to sell policies in 11 state health insurance exchanges. Continue Reading →

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Kaine a hard sell to some CT delegates

Virginia Sen. Tim Caine on stage with Hillary Clinton for the announcement of his selection as her vice presidential running mate. Read the story here.

PHILADELPHIA – Hillary Clinton’s pick for vice president, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, will be officially introduced to the nation Wednesday evening, but he isn’t the first choice of some Connecticut delegates, a few of whom still have reservations. They would have preferred a more progressive candidate or a minority.
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CT senators introduce bill to close ‘loophole’ in checks of gun buyers

Conecticut U.S. Sens. Chris Murphy, left, and RIchard Blumenthal discuss gun legislation introduced Wednesday.

WASHINGTON – Joined by several of their Democratic colleagues, Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy on Wednesday fulfilled a promise to introduce a bill aimed at closing a “loophole” in federal gun laws that allows a gun sale to proceed if an FBI background check is not completed in 72 hours. Continue Reading →

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Courtney leads Democratic push to cut student debt

Washington – Backed by key Democrats, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, returned to an old theme on Wednesday — how to cut the college student debt — by introducing a bill that would do just that. Continue Reading →

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Himes’ provision roils fellow Democrats, threatens budget bill

U.S. Rep. Jim Himes

WASHINGTON – Legislation championed for years by Connecticut U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, D-4th District, threatened to become a “poison pill’ Wednesday in a massive budget bill that would avoid a government shutdown. Himes’ spokesman, however, insisted the congressman didn’t know how the provision was placed in the budget bill. Continue Reading →

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