Not with a bang, but a whimper.
In the final pages of a law enacted in 2012, the [Vermont] Legislature spelled out a safety valve the Shumlin administration could use if the online health insurance marketplace then under development failed to operate as intended when it opened for business in 2013.
Vermont’s new insurance marketplace, like its federal counterpart, had a rocky launch Oct. 1 and remains plagued with glitches.
After trying to remain upbeat despite a month of malfunctions, Gov. Peter Shumlin last week invoked the legal safety mechanism that will give thousands of Vermonters the option to temporarily bypass Vermont Health Connect to obtain health insurance coverage for 2014.
They spent $170 million on that sucker, by the way. …And what else can I add to that? – Except to note that there are few things so permanent as a temporary delay.
PS: These guys want to go single-payer. …And I am trying, and failing, to come up with a sentence that has more pure idiocy in it than is in that simple, straightforward observation.
Vermont made their exchange mandatory. Now they have to pull the escape hatch. http://t.co/lvBaGOsxUa
— Ben Domenech (@bdomenech) November 4, 2013