With Democratic lawmakers ready to speed toward a new public health-insurance system for Connecticut, their partner in the governor’s mansion is sounding a more cautious note.

As three legislative committees huddled Monday in a joint all-day hearing on bills to transform the proposed SustiNet health insurance program from blueprint to reality, Ben Barnes, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget director, sounded lukewarm about the need for urgent action.

“It’s a little premature to set up SustiNet with the aggressive timetable in the bill,” Barnes said in an interview.

SustiNet is a program set up by lawmakers to create a plan for health insurance reform in Connecticut. It was created by a Democratic legislature as a homegrown way to bring universal coverage to Connecticut, and, ideally, save money and improve health care in the process.

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