Vermont House Passes Single Payer Bill: Why It Can’t Opt-Out Of Federal Health Reform To Implement It

Last Friday, the Vermont House approved “its own version of legislation passed earlier by the Senate” that would allow the state to design “a single-payer system, in which a government agency would administer and make all payments for health care” or a public option. California passed similar legislation earlier this year, and theoretically, under a provision added to the new health care law by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), both states could opt-out of the requirements of federal health care reform and establish a single-payer structure.

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