Single-payer is simple

August 22, 2014

Times Argus

The League of Women Voters of Vermont strongly supports universal, state-supported health care for Vermont.

There seems to be a misconception that, because Vermont Health Connect is having technical difficulties, administering a single-payer system will somehow be worse. There’s every reason in the world to believe the opposite is true. Under single-payer, there will be:

1. No need to determine the best balance of deductibles versus premiums versus copays.

2. No need to submit personal financial data so a complicated algorithm can determine eligibility for a subsidy and how much that subsidy will be.

3. No need to update information when your circumstances change, or go through the eligibility determination again.

Everybody in, nobody out. All you need is to be a resident of Vermont.

How can that possibly be harder to administer than the exchange?

Jean Hopkins