As the Vermont legislature moves to create a single-payer health care system, one broker works to keep employers informed and actively challenging its merit.
Amid the nationwide noise of budget debates and court battles over the constitutionality of health care reform, Vermont has gone largely unnoticed as its legislature uses the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s state exchange requirement to set the stage for an eventual switch to a single-payer health care system. Bob Gaydos, president of the Benefits Group of New England, spoke with EBA about his efforts to slow down the fast-paced bill that, as of press time, had already passed in the House and was a week or two away from passing in the Senate. “There’s no doubt it’ll pass at this point,” says Gaydos. “You’ve got to applaud the governor on a well-played political hand.”