HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Connecticut Senate Minority Leader, Len Fasano, points fingers at Governor Malloy and legislative Democrats for the recent clinic closings in East Haven and Branford.
The state Republican Party reports that Yale-New Haven Health System has made a decision to shut the two clinics down in an effort to cut their budget as they prepare for increased taxes. The report claims that closing these clinics will allow the hospital to save about $1 million to put towards other expenses.
Fasano made it clear where believes change needs to occur.
“Democrats have repeatedly said they support affordable and accessible healthcare, but their actions tell a different story. If making quality medical care accessible to everyone is truly a state priority, we have to seriously reassess the burdens placed onto our hospitals.”
Connecticut Republicans believe that raising taxes on hospitals and lowering Medicaid reimbursements are two components that will support the demise of many small hospitals in the state.
Fasano claims that the budget passed by the majority will have detrimental effects on both big businesses and the local middle class.
“This is devastating. We are talking about 31 good paying, solid jobs and entire communities with thousands of patients who now will have reduced access to care due to the local closings.”
Democrats have not yet responded to Fasano’s statements.