Vermont May Pave the Way For Universal Health Care

Vermonters have always been a unique and independent lot. On May 5th the Vermont House passed a health care reform bill 94-49 which was already passed by the Senate establishing the Green Mountain health insurance exchange. Governor Pete Shumlin has publicly stated that he will sign it into law.

This bill directs the state to set up a health benefits exchange per the Affordable Care Act. Once this is done the state can set up the single payer system. Now this is no guarantee as it will take several years to go into effect. Vermont could see an entirely new government elected between now and 2017 who could try and derail the program.

There are several hurdles between that time such as cost controls and other things that private insurance companies must become used to. But this could become a benchmark  for health care reform just as Massachusetts has done with Romneycare. Vermont’s system could become the the template for health care in the rest of the nation. Much depends upon the size of the risk pool. This will ultimately become an all-in proposition yet Vermont could demonstrate how it could work on a state level.


About Mr. Universe

Mr. Universe is a musician/songwriter and an ex-patriot of the south. He currently lives and teaches at a University in the Pacific Northwest. He is a long distance hiker who has hiked the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail. He is also an author and woodworker. An outspoken political voice, he takes a decidedly liberal stance in politics.
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One Response to Vermont May Pave the Way For Universal Health Care

  1. mclever says:

    I’m hoping the new healthcare law works well in Vermont, so that many other states will follow in kind.

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