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Granite State PNHP
Website: http://nh.pnhp.org/

Convenor: Donald Kollisch M.D.
Email:  Donald.O.Kollisch@dartmouth.edu

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Granite State PNHP By-Laws

The Granite State PNHP by-laws were adopted February 21, 2008 and amended September 27, 2017. To access a PDF version of the by-laws, click here.

State Legislation


Rotary Presentation by Ken Dolkart, M.D., F.A.C.P., June 2018

Chapter Meeting minutes

Local Unions Endorsing HR676

  • New Hampshire State AFL-CIO
  • Local 2320, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Manchester, NH

New Hampshire State News

Posted on Monday, September 24, 2018

By H. Dixon Turner, M.D. | Portsmouth (N.H.) Herald, September 24, 2018
I have been involved in providing primary care medical care for 44-plus years. Unfortunately, I now on a daily basis encounter many ways that our current medical system is failing.

Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2018

By James Fieseher, M.D. | Foster's Daily Democrat (Dover, N.H.), Letters, March 6, 2018
Consider this: Suppose there was a way to cut all medical costs by 50 percent, improve the quality of health care you get when you do need to see a health appointment, decrease the number of sick days a person has over a lifetime and increase the average age of a person’s lifetime?

Posted on Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Interview with Robert Kiefner, M.D. | The Exchange, NHPR, December 13, 2017
With uncertainty over the Affordable Care Act's future, and Congressional inaction on an alternative, some lawmakers in D.C. and New Hampshire are re-branding an old idea: government-financed universal healthcare.

Posted on Friday, July 7, 2017

By Ahmed C.K. Kutty, M.D. | The Concord Monitor, July 7, 2017
With the turmoil surrounding the current healthcare bill in the Senate, a solution hiding in plain sight deserves every concerned American’s attention.

Posted on Tuesday, May 16, 2017

By Marcosa J. Santiago, M.D. | Laconia Daily Sun, May 16, 2017
The ACA (ObamaCare) patch, written by private health insurance and pharmaceutical industries but excluding consumer advocates, gave some benefits, but introduced more complexity to paying for health care. It protected and bolstered private insurance profits, through sale of mandated coverage and penalties for failure to buy.

Posted on Sunday, May 14, 2017

By Robert S. Kiefer, M.D. | Concord (N.H.) Monitor, May 14, 2017
I have been to a fair number of rallies lately in support of sane health care policy. A lot of slogans are bandied about, but I have not heard the following chant go like this. People: “We don’t want health care!”

Posted on Sunday, April 9, 2017

By The Editorial Board | The Concord Monitor, April 9, 2017
The president has predicted that Obamacare will explode this year. If it does, as conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer recently noted, its replacement may well be a single-payer national health insurance system.

Posted on Tuesday, April 4, 2017

By Robert S. Kiefner, M.D. | Concord (N.H.) Monitor, April 4, 2017
In a colossal setback for those who are indifferent to the health and well-being of their fellow Americans, the Republicans failed to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Posted on Sunday, March 19, 2017

By Ken Dolkart, M.D. | Concord (N.H.) Monitor, March 19, 2017
Have you ever heard people talk nonsense? Perhaps you’ve had a laugh when you hear people talking through their hat about a machine you work on, or a technique you know. Primacy care doctors recently found it less than amusing to hear politicians misapply the concept of “patient-centered care” to promote a poorly designed replacement for Obamacare.

Posted on Thursday, March 2, 2017

By Robert S. Kiefner, M.D. | Concord (N.H.) Monitor, March 2, 2017
With the impending repeal of the Affordable Care Act, the Republican-controlled House and Senate have a unique opportunity to initiate truly universal and affordable health care through their support of “Medicare for all.”

Posted on Friday, January 13, 2017

By Thomas Clairmont, M.D. | Seacoastonline.com, Jan. 13, 2017
Health care and its costs are on the minds of every citizen almost every day. Expanding Medicare to cover all of you makes sense to me. Apparently not doing it makes cent$ for those who don't. What other reason is their opposition?

Posted on Friday, September 23, 2016

By Ahmed Kutty, M.D. | Granite State Chapter PNHP, Sept. 14, 2016
The following text is an unofficial, lightly edited transcript of testimony delivered by Dr. Ahmed Kutty to a subcommittee of New Hampshire’s House Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee on Sept. 14, 2016. The session was co-chaired by state Reps. Thomas Sherman, M.D., and John Fothergill, M.D.; and included subcommittee member Rep. Susan Emerson.

Posted on Monday, August 22, 2016

By Ahmed Kutty, M.D. | Monadnock Ledger-Transcript (Peterborough, N.H.), Aug. 16, 2016
In July 1965, President Lyndon Johnson had to settle for half a loaf, in lieu of the full loaf that three predecessors in The White House (Teddy Roosevelt in 1912, FDR in 1935 and Harry Truman in 1948) had proposed or attempted to legislate: a national health plan.

Posted on Tuesday, September 8, 2015

By Robert S. Kiefner, M.D. | Concord (N.H.) Monitor
Through some mutation of American exceptionalism, we have come to believe that by spending more per capita on health care than any other country on Earth, we must surely enjoy the best health on the planet. Not so, not by a long shot.

Posted on Friday, July 31, 2015

By Ahmed Kutty, M.D. | Monadnock Ledger-Transcript (Peterborough, N.H.)
Fifty years ago today, on July 30, 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Medicare Act into law, a historic and transformative moment when our polity gave expression to America’s highest ideals of inclusion and compassion by providing for a publicly-funded healthcare program for the elderly and the disabled in our society.

Posted on Tuesday, February 10, 2015

By James Fieseher, M.D. | Concord (N.H.) Monitor
As much as we’ve prospered as a nation under the “free market” system, one size doesn’t fit all. There are just some things that don’t belong in a free-market system, particularly when it comes to an integration of services.

Posted on Wednesday, February 4, 2015

By Garry Rayno | The Union Leader (Manchester, N.H.)
CONCORD, N.H. — “Who do you want to pay?” was the question a Dover physician asked in supporting a bill for a single-payer health care system in the state.

Posted on Thursday, January 29, 2015

By James Fieseher, M.D. | Concord (N.H.) Monitor
In American politics, ideology often supersedes reason. We don’t have to look any further than in the New Hampshire state Legislature.

Posted on Friday, June 27, 2014
Posted on Monday, May 19, 2014

Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014

By Thomas Clairmont, M.D. | WFEA AM1370 Radio (Manchester, N.H.)
Dr. Thomas Clairmont, a leader of the Granite State chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program, appeared on the Feb. 19 edition of the WFEA AM1370 radio show called “On Call,” a program sponsored by the New Hampshire Medical Society (NHMS), to discuss why the United States needs a single-payer health system.

Posted on Friday, December 27, 2013

By James Fieseher, M.D. | Portsmouth (N.H.) Herald
What does the CEO of a health insurance company do to merit a 51 percent pay raise — during the biggest recession since the Great Depression of the 1930s?

Posted on Friday, December 27, 2013

By Thomas Clairmont, M.D. | Portsmouth (N.H.) Herald
Right now, our national debt is increasing at a whopping $2.64 billion every day, $2 million every second. ... Meanwhile, a serious proposal by economics professor Gerald Friedman of the University of Massachusetts Amherst gets no press at all. He said, "Under the single-payer system created by HR 676, the U.S. could save an estimated $592 billion annually by slashing the administrative waste associated with the private insurance industry ($476 billion) and reducing pharmaceutical prices to European levels ($116 billion)."

Posted on Wednesday, November 27, 2013

By James Fieseher, M.D. | Portsmouth (N.H.) Herald
In the land where the Supreme Court recognizes corporations as "people," political contributions are seen as a "right of free speech," and multi-billion-dollar corporations are given taxpayer bailouts, it is little wonder that politicians are willing to shut down the government in an effort to support a bloated health care system that fails to cover more than 80 percent of Americans while charging us three times the cost of health care as in other industrialized nations.

Posted on Wednesday, May 29, 2013

By Kay Tillow | Single Payer News
“On Saturday, May 4, the New Hampshire AFL-CIO unanimously passed a resolution supporting H.R. 676 and the adoption of a national single-payer health care system that covers all Americans for all necessary medical care including prescription drugs and dental,” reports President Mark MacKenzie.

Posted on Monday, April 22, 2013

By Thomas P. Clairmont, M.D. | Portsmouth (N.H.) Herald
Free markets don't work in health care. Every business wants more customers. In health insurance, however, that isn't true. They only want the healthy, who won't hurt their bottom line of excessive profits, inordinate executive compensation and returns to stockholders.

Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2012

By Charles McMahon | Portsmouth (N.H.) Herald
When more than 100,000 state residents are thrust into the health care system on Jan. 1, 2014 — the date the Affordable Care Act will go into full effect — local primary care physician Dr. Thomas Clairmont said he has only one piece of advice.

Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Dr. Thomas Clairmont, a leader of Physicians for a National Health Program in New Hampshire, gave the following radio interview to WSCA, Portsmouth Community Radio, on May 1, 2012. In the course of the interview Dr. Clairmont provides a rather comprehensive exposition of what a single-payer system will look like. This audio recording lasts about 30 minutes.

Posted on Monday, April 23, 2012

By John Daley, M.D. | The New Hampshire Union Leader
While Obamacare risks being overturned by the Supreme Court, Vermont has pushed ahead with a primarily single-payer plan called Green Mountain Care, led by progressive governor Peter Shumlin.

Posted on Friday, January 27, 2012

By Thomas Clairmont, M.D. | Letters, Portsmouth (N.H.) Herald
With 65,000 Maine citizens about to be ejected from their Medicaid insurance, and 3,500 New Hampshire citizens with Medicaid eliminated from practices at Lakes Region Hospital, the time is long past to solve injustice in health care. You wouldn't know it from the recent primary, where the only "plan" to help you with health care was to repeal President Obama's Affordable Care Act and replace it with ... nothing.

Posted on Monday, June 27, 2011

By James Fieseher, M.D. | Letters | Portsmouth (N.H.) Herald
Recently, a patient told me he was against a government-run health care system because it meant he would be paying for "deadbeats" who sponge off of hard-working people to get free health care. He had a point. He had a difficult job, and worked hard to make ends meet and pay for his own health care. Why should he pay for someone "too lazy to work and take care of himself?"

Posted on Monday, May 23, 2011

By Thomas P Clairmont, W. Jost Michelsen and Patricia A Locuratolo | Letters, Portsmouth (N.H.) Herald
There was absolutely no mention, as usual, of a publicly financed but privately delivered approach — also called single-payer or Medicare for All. Dr. David Himmelstein of Physicians for a National Health Program said reducing administrative overhead to Canadian levels would save $400 billion annually, "more than enough to cover our uninsured." This is what most other countries do and they cover all of their citizens at a cost of less than half of the United States.

Posted on Monday, May 16, 2011

By Robert Kiefner | Concord (N.H.) Monitor
Say a patient comes to see us with poor appetite, low-grade temperature and progressive right lower quadrant pain, classic symptoms of appendicitis. The cure will be a date with a good local surgeon, during which he will bid farewell to his appendix and be home in a day or two to resume the joy of living. If the appendix is not removed, he will suffer a miserable death from rupture of the appendix and peritonitis.

Posted on Friday, April 1, 2011

Ted Drummond, MD | Letters | Seacoastonline.com
On a national level, eliminating the Bush tax cuts for people who make over $250,000 a year and shifting our health care system away from one that is profit-driven toward a model centered on health (e.g. Medicare-for-all) would improve our health and pocketbook. Here in New Hampshire, we weathered the recent economic downturn better than many places. Slight adjustments to our current tax structure could easily pay for the cuts some say are "necessary."

Posted on Tuesday, March 1, 2011

By Charles McMahon | Seacoastonline.com (N.H.)
While I'll be the first to acknowledge my lack of excitement when asked to cover something related to health care, that doesn't necessarily mean I don't understand and appreciate its importance and the place it has in the news.

Posted on Friday, February 25, 2011

By SCOTT E. KINNEY | Foster's Daily Democrat (N.H.)
Nearly 60 city residents gather in the Levinson Meeting Room of the Portsmouth Public Library Wednesday night to educate themselves on the continued fight for a single-payer health care system.

Posted on Friday, February 11, 2011

By James Fieseher, M.D. | Portsmouth (N.H.) Herald
One of the major reasons that America is the only industrialized nation with a privatized for-profit health-care system is the fact that most Americans don't understand how it works. Most of us believe it's too complicated and doesn't seem to make sense, even though it's the only health care that we have ever known. Perhaps the best way to understand how private (non-government) health care works is to apply the concept to a government run service.

Posted on Monday, June 14, 2010

By Jason Claffey | Foster's Daily Democrat
The health care reform bill passed earlier this year — the largest expansion of coverage since Medicare was enacted in 1965 — did not go far enough, a prominent physician told the Portsmouth Rotary Club Thursday.

Posted on Friday, June 11, 2010

By Jennifer Feals | Portsmouth (N.H.) Herald
More than 100 business owners, health care professionals, patients and elected officials gathered Thursday to learn about a single-payer health care system, many stating their support.