Connecticut Governor Targets Hospital Funds To Close Budget Gap

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Conn. to ban gun gross sales to ‘no fly’ listers.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Gov. Connecticut announced plans Thursday to ban sales of weapons to terror suspects, in what would be the first such measure in the United States as it seeks to fight a scourge of gun violence. “They have been and should be a wakeup call to our nation.

Malloy proposed Thursday to use an executive order to ban gun sales to those on federal no-fly watch lists. “If you cannot fly due to being on a government watch list, you should not be able to purchase a firearm while on that watch list as well,” Malloy told reporters at the Capitol. “This is basic common sense. It’s the smart thing to do.” State police already perform background checks on those seeking permits to purchase guns in Connecticut, the scene of a bloody massacre at a school in Newtown three years ago. The American people get it.” The legislature and Malloy previously enacted gun limits that expanded the state’s assault weapons ban and barred the possession and sale of large-capacity ammunition magazines following the Dec. 14, 2012, shooting deaths of 20 children and six educators at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. This is a matter of national security.” However, to critics, including some self-described liberals, the question of restricting the Second Amendment rights of individuals included on watch lists is not so black and white. The perennial US gun control debate was revived after last week’s deadly mass shooting in San Bernardino, California by a Muslim husband and wife said to have been radicalized.

Dannel Malloy, a Democrat, says the hospitals are getting rich off taxpayers, making more money than in past years — thanks, in part, to the Affordable Care Act. Pending federal approval, Malloy’s order will require State Police to cross-reference the names of those seeking firearm permits with government watch lists. “No one wants terrorists to get guns, but the governor is trying to unilaterally deny American citizens their constitutional right to keep and bear arms without due process,” said Rep.

He said as far as he knows federal officials have not shared the information and “have made it clear to everyone that that list belongs to them.” Malloy said Connecticut is working with the federal government to see the lists. So he thinks hospitals can afford to give some money back. “If you make almost a billion dollars a year, how bad are things?” Malloy asks. “If you’re having the best results in recent history in hospital performance why do you need the citizens of Connecticut to give you an additional $500 million?” Malloy is making his argument personal — taking aim at the high salaries of hospital CEOs. Another is the fact that there is no way to prevent someone who is not a terrorist from inadvertently ending up on the list, as happened to former Sen. The idea drew stiff opposition from gun rights supporters and Republicans in Congress. “What could possibly be the argument for allowing a terrorist suspect to buy a semiautomatic weapon?” Obama said.

Though law enforcement cannot identify every possible terrorist, “what we can do and must do is make it harder for them to kill.” Ryan said government officials put people on terrorism watch lists without any due legal process, so denying those listed the right to bear arms would violate their rights. Restrictions on gun purchases for people on the no-fly list would also not have stopped the perpetrators of the San Bernardino attacks; neither were on the federal terrorism watch list. The medical institutions are paying for political-style advertising to tell constituents that his cuts will have a serious, negative effect on patient care. “Longer wait times, fewer cancer screenings, and nurses will be let go,” one ad says. “Tell Gov.

The bill added scores of assault-style weapons to the state’s list of weapons people are banned from possessing and created a registry for dangerous weapons offenders. State officials will determine the “appropriate lists” to be included, whether they are no-fly lists or “some kind of combination of those who should not have weapons,” Malloy said. William Dunlap, law school professor at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut, said the Supreme Court has said some limitations on who can buy guns are permissible.

If that’s the number,” Murphy says, “and it’s a pure accounting number, we lost tens of millions of dollars last year.” As for 2015, he says, “I’m sure it’s worse.” The governor’s staff sees the hospital’s balance sheet differently. But Dunlap warned that federal watch lists are “notoriously inaccurate” and can include many innocent people. “And they obviously leave off many dangerous people that we don’t know about, which means the lists are not as effective as they could be,” Dunlap said. “These inconsistencies matter when courts apply heightened scrutiny to state laws.” If lower-paid hospital employees and small programs are taking a hit because of the state cuts, Malloy’s office argues the blame should be on hospital boardrooms — not the state government. The hospitals would pay around $350 million a year to the state, and all of that money — if not more — was supposed to be returned to them as Medicaid payments. CORNISH: I think the question is, for a governor, does this feel like something that is doable, right, when there aren’t – when legislation isn’t moving on a national level, when many lawmakers, other Democrats have not been able to gain traction with some of the proposals?

And, essentially, we’re not getting any of that back.” “When there’s a cut in state payments to hospitals or federal payments to hospitals, it’s got to come out of care delivery,” Charmel says. “There’s nobody else to shift it to.” Medicaid is lurking in the background of the discussion. CORNISH: You’ve talked about how your state approaches this, but nothing here can stop someone in a neighboring state, right, or someone from purchasing a gun from a neighboring state. My ultimate goal is to make sure that we have universal background checks in America because someone in the neighborhood, perhaps, that you live in will be involved in a mass shooting – a Sandy Hook shooting, or a community colleges, or mass shootings in high schools or in malls.

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