“It has taken Dick Blumenthal over two weeks to ‘consider’ whether or not he will join Attorneys General from around the country in filing suit to put an end to the government takeover of healthcare,” Healy says in a recent press release, “what is he waiting for? These are remarkable circumstances considering Blumenthal’s usual twenty-four hour turn around for legal action.It is expected that the broad based health care legislation pressed by President Barack Obama and Speaker of the U.S. House Nancy Pelosi will affect not only insurance companies in Connecticut, once known as the insurance capital of the world, but also their employees as well as every Connecticut resident.
“In his twenty-one years as Attorney General, Dick Blumenthal has never waited for someone else to tell him to file a lawsuit, though I’m sure many wish he had. Why is it taking him so long to tell us whether he supports Obama-care or not?”
And yet, Healy observes, “Dick Blumenthal remains silent. Dick Blumenthal is siding with his Democrat friends in Washington rather than the people of Connecticut. The time for action to protect the rights of all citizens is now.”
At a forum held at the Hartford Club and sponsored by the MetroHartford Alliance, which includes a group of Connecticut’s large insurance companies – including The Hartford, Aetna, The Phoenix, United Healthcare and The Travelers – Blumenthal appeared to be settling into a position of armed neutrality: “They're reasonable and responsible employers," said Blumenthal. "I would fight for them in Washington."
CTMirror noted “He offered no apology or regrets for the lawsuits he has filed against insurance companies and other businesses, saying those cases were good for consumers and leveled the playing field for other businesses.”
Of course, Blumenthal has not said whether he would fight for the insurance companies as senator should his successor, following in Blumenthal’s train, decide to sue them.
Politicians who wear two hats -- that of attorney general and that of the leading Democratic Party candidate for the U.S. Senate -- ought not to have two heads or be of two minds on matters that impinge on both functions.