First, a little background:
Vermont — a highly-liberal Deep Blue state — opted to go above-and-beyond their obligations when it came to implementation of the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare). Instead of offering a public-funded health-care option, they chose to go full single-payer.
Naturally, it didn't work. Democratic State Governor Peter Shumlin just conceded that the $2 billion price tag (that's "billion", with a 'B') was too high, taxes would sky-rocket too much, and that his State's single-payer system could not be done.
Who'da thunk it? I mean, besides Republican Gubernatorial candidate Scott Milne, who — before the election — predicted this admission would come out ... wait for it ... after the election.
Which brings us to the Quote of the Day:
If Vermont can’t make it work, single-payer can’t work anywhere in the country where the economy has free and competitive markets. It’s more evidence that centralized government health care is simply not workable in America.Zing!
Just a bit more background (from Census.gov and Vermont's Dept. of Labor, Economic & Labor Market Information): Vermont's population (2013 est.) is 626,630. The working-age demographic (over 18 years, less than 65) makes up 64% of the total population, which Vermont reports as 351,800 people. They have 4.4% unemployment, which means they should have plenty of workers contributing (via taxes) to run this program.
And it still couldn't be done. One more time, with feeling: If Vermont can't make it work, single-payer can't work anywhere with free, competitive markets.
[Hat tip: Aleister, writing for Legal Insurrection.]