MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont employers offered a range of views Wednesday to lawmakers on the future of the state's health care reform, but most of those testifying at a public hearing appeared to favor a go-slow approach.

The House Health Care and Senate Health and Welfare committees took testimony Wednesday evening at a public hearing attended by about 80 people.

Vermont last year passed legislation outlining a plan to move the state first to the health care marketplace — or "exchange" — called for under the federal health reform last passed two years ago, and then beyond that to something approaching a single-payer, government-backed plan by 2017.

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