The state would need to obtain a waiver from Obamacare, which may be a problem.
Under the current law, however, Vermont would have to wait until 2017 to get the waiver that would allow the state to set up its own system.
“It doesn’t make sense to have it be 2017 because by then the federal law has gone into effect,” Welch said. “You are setting up the exchanges and what you end up doing is having states that want to innovate — in our case single-payer — have to unwind what we put in place.”
Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Scott Brown (R-Mass.) have introduced legislation to move the opt-out date up to 2014 — an amendment that both Welch and, it appears, House Democratic leaders support.
There goes that darned Scott Brown, acting all populist again!