by Vermonters for Health Care Freedom
The Vermont Senate is nothing if not consistent. Following yesterday’s three hours of debate on H.559, the Health Care Exchange bill, senators debated for an additional two hours on Tuesday before ultimately passing the bill on a 20-7 vote.
The debate over an amendment to allow small businesses and individuals to remain with their current (or any other) off-exchange insurance plan for one year following the start of the Exchange provided new insight into how the Shumlin Administration intends to use the Exchange to finance Green Mountain Care, the government monopoly single payer health care scheme approved last year. The success of their plan depends upon forcing as many people as possible into the Exchange on day one, and encouraging as many small businesses as possible to drop their health insurance employee benefits. The amendment was defeated in a close vote.
The question of whether the federal Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) even allows states to do this was also raised, but left unresolved.
A detailed summary and commentary on the senate action is available on our website at this link: http://vthealthcarefreedom.org/news/2012-04-24/senate-ignores-vermonters-goes-gold-and-thumbs-its-nose-federal-law-through-passage-