If Governor Shumlin has his way, on January 1, 2017, Vermont will become the first state in the nation to have universal health coverage. But that’s not what he really wants.
Vermont doesn’t have to wait until 2017 to get universal health care; we already have it.
Governor Shumlin has abandoned, usually, the term single-payer, not because there’s some sort of stigma in his mind, but for practical reasons. There will be multiple payers no matter how the system is ultimately set up.