Vermont Health Connect not single-payer

September 19, 2014

Burlington Free Press

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:

• No need to determine the best balance of deductibles vs. premiums vs. copays.

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

• No need to update that information when your circumstances change, and 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?