Thumbs down to Congress for ending long-term unemployment benefits to 22,000 Connecticut residents. It's heartless to cut that lifeline off to those who haven't been able to find jobs after months of looking. The state's unemployment rate is 7.9 percent — too high for government to abandon the thousands still struggling to find jobs.
Thumbs up to Access Health CT for becoming the first state health insurance exchange in the nation to surpass federal enrollment goals. Connecticut has signed up more than 34,000 customers in private health insurance plans offered through the exchange. The federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services had set a goal of 33,000 by March 31.
Thumbs up to retired Sen. Joe Lieberman for defending Obamacare on "Fox News Sunday." The notoriously independent former senator acknowledged that the rollout has been bad, but said he still would have voted for it.
Thumbs down to the eight nursing homes fined by the state recently for carelessness. The biggest fine was $2,250 against the Manchester Manor Health Care Center for two incidents, one in which an aide left a resident alone, resulting in an injury, and another in which a nurse gave a resident hot coffee without a lid against doctor's orders. The resident had been burned by hot coffee before.