Let States Dare to Make Health-Care Mistakes

Conservatives may be unhappy if states follow Vermont's failed single-payer experiment, but that should be the states' choice.

Where single payer goes to die.

Photographer: Brian Eden/Getty Images Contributor

The death of Vermont’s effort to install single-payer health care is revealing -- and not only for what it says about the feasibility of such government-run systems in the U.S. It also shows conservatives a way forward if the Supreme Court voids broad swaths of the Affordable Care Act in 2015. 

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