(Host) At the Statehouse, negotiators have signed an agreement on the big health care overhaul bill. The House and Senate have spent the past week or so trying to resolve differences in their different approaches to the bill. VPR’s Bob Kinzel outlines the compromise.
(Kinzel) The legislation essentially does two things. It sets up exchanges that will go into place in 2014 and that’s really like a consumer marketplace where Vermonters will be able to purchase private health insurance. The second thing that the bill does is it creates a five-person health care board. And this board is going to oversee virtually every aspect of health care in the state.
(Host) The bill now goes back to the House and Senate for one final vote before it’s sent to Governor Peter Shumlin.