MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- The three top Republicans in the Vermont Legislature said Tuesday they want the state's health care exchange to succeed but state residents are fed up with the problems the system is having and more options should be considered to ensure those problems are fixed.
Lt. Gov. Phil Scott, Senate Minority Leader Joe Benning and House Minority Leader Don Turner spoke a day after the administration of Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin announced the state is reducing its ties with CGI, the company that developed the problem-plagued Vermont Health Connect website.
The three made a variety of suggestions including changing the leadership of Vermont's health overhaul efforts and working with other states to develop a single health care system.
"We're not alone in this," Scott said, noting that a number of states have had trouble rolling out their versions of Vermont Health Connect. "But at the same time I think we should learn from the mistakes we've made and the mistakes of others in terms of getting it right this time."
He said neighboring states could consider working together to use a single exchange although the idea is not well formed and he hasn't spoken with officials in other states about it.
On Monday, state health overhaul officials said that they had begun work with a new contractor to try to fix Vermont Health Connect, which more than 10 months after it began operation is still not fully functional.
Scott said the problems with the roll-out of Vermont Health Connect since last October have caused many residents to lose faith in their government.