During a celebration of the Supreme Court's ruling on the Patient and Affordable Care Act, religious leaders and health care advocates called on Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to embrace a public option.
Iman Kashif Abdul-Karim of the Islamic Center of Greater Hartford called on Malloy, who "during his campaign proclaimed his intention to expand access to healthcare," to "please stop wasting time and start doing the work he was elected to do."
The crowd gathered at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford Thursday afternoon cheered Adbul-Karim's remarks.
Abdul-Karim and other advocates called on Malloy to go further than just implementing the Patient and Affordable Care Act. They called on him to create an "affordable public option" here in Connecticut.
On the campaign trail in 2009, Malloy said he supported a public option, and he even stood side-by-side with religious leaders in calling for a public option just weeks before taking office. However, campaigning is different than governing and faced with a $3.6 billion budget deficit, Malloy backed off his support for a public option.