Connecticut Readies Its Healthcare Exchange

During the Affordable Care Act debate, you may have heard the term health care exchange come up. Exchanges are a key part of the law that its supporters hope will create a competitive marketplace where consumers and small businesses can compare and buy insurance. We take a closer look at Connecticut’s exchange that will be opening soon.

Extended Content: Full Interviews from Wednesday’s Healthcare Forum

These are the full, uncut interviews from our story on Wednesday’s healthcare reform town hall meeting hosted by Congressman John Larson.

Congressman Larson’s full interview from a press availability prior to the start of the event:

Southington resident Rusty Haigh who opposes the healthcare bill:

Bristol resident Judy Trestman who is in favor of reform:

Our full story is below:

Healthcare Debate Rages in West Hartford

A loud and boisterous crowd gathered at the West Hartford Town Hall last night as Congressman John Larson held a town hall meeting on healthcare reform. The Congressman discussed why he’s in favor of the proposed reforms and gave the hundreds gathered the opportunity to share their opinions as well.’s Anna Stonestreet was there and had a chance to speak with the Congressman and proponents and opponents of the bill.

Connecticut News Junkie Story on the Rally
Sage Ross’ photos of the event on Flickr
Full text of HR 3200 – the healthcare reform bill
Congressman Larson’s healthcare reform information page

Congressman John Larson to Host West Hartford Healthcare Forum

Watch our story on the healthcare forum held on September 2nd:

Congressman John Larson will host a public forum on healthcare reform at the West Hartford Town Hall Auditorium on Wednesday, September 2nd, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Congressman Larson will be joined by Judith Stein, Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Medicare Advocacy, Brenda Kelly, Connecticut Director of the AARP, and Kevin Galvin, small business owner and chairman of Small Businesses for Health Care Reform.

The forum is open to the public. Call Congressman Larson’s office at 860-278-8888 for more information.