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The stunning 2019 defeat of a plan to implement such a public option in Connecticut shows how difficult it may be to enact even “moderate” solutions that threaten 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 health insurance option, managed by the state, which would ostensibly serve as a low-cost alternative for people who couldn’t afford private plans.

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