of the writes in the Washington Examiner:
Upon examination, Vermont’s new law is not actually the start of single-payer health care, but rather the continuation of failed state government attempts to socialize the state’s health care system. …
Its big accomplishment is the Vermont Health Benefit Exchange, essentially a website already required by Obamacare to sell government-approved private insurance by 2014, and the Green Mountain Care Board, a sort of executive committee that will introduce price controls on health care in Vermont and design the details of the future single-payer plan.
Backers are aiming for a single-payer plan by 2014, but this requires permission from multiple federal agencies, some of which aren’t in operation until 2017. Most important, state legislators punted on financing the undertaking. …
Vermont’s new bill will move the state to a government-run health care system, but it’s not the utopian one advertised by today’s politicians. It’s called, a near-perfect embodiment of government in action.
It’s a federal-state program that overpromises and underdelivers, a program in which everything is free at the point of consumption but nothing much of value is available — at least not without a long, hard wait.
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