The stunning 2019 defeat of aplan to implement such a public option in Connecticut shows howdifficult it may be to enact even "moderate" solutions thatthreaten some of America's most powerful industries. (Image:Shutterstock)

Health care costs were rising. People couldn't afford coverage.So, in Connecticut, state lawmakers took action.

Their solution was to attempt to create a public healthinsurance option, managed by the state, which would ostensiblyserve as a low-cost alternative for people who couldn't affordprivate plans.

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