Vermont Gov. Shumlin: Exchange problems call for simpler system

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) says all the technical problems with the state-run health insurance exchange points to a larger issue--that the healthcare industry must move to a single-payer system, reported the Burlington Free Press. Vermont Health Connect has faced multiple hurdles, including technical problems that prevented consumers from paying for their chosen health plan. But Shumlin sees a silver lining among these challenges, namely more proof that the industry needs a universal healthcare system. "I think the frustrations with the Affordable Care Act, not just in Vermont, but in all 50 states, might remind Vermonters who are wise that a simpler, fairer, more equitable healthcare system that is sustainable will grow jobs and economic opportunities in Vermont," Shumlin said. "This is another example of why if you keep all the special interests happy you don't make the changes that are needed to have affordable, accessible healthcare." Article