The recent strike at Sikorsky Aircraft highlights the fact that Connecticut has reached a critical juncture. Sikorsky's workers are striking not because of a wage dispute, but because of the rising cost of healthcare in our state. This underscores the important reality that jobs and healthcare are inextricably intertwined. While we need to keep businesses like Sikorsky in Connecticut, people in our state also need to have adequate healthcare coverage for themselves and their families. The million-dollar question is, "how do we accomplish both goals?"
We need to craft a comprehensive solution that appreciates the interrelationship between jobs, the economy and healthcare, not simply to continue on our present course of applying band-aids to the current system. While the focus of this legislative session is on making Connecticut more economically competitive, there is no global vision of how we keep businesses here and provide adequate healthcare for all of our citizens.