New Hampshire Information
Granite State PNHP
Convenor: Donald Kollisch M.D.
- House Bill 2017
- House Bill 2016
- House Bill 2015
- House Bill 2007
Establishes a committee to study single payer health care. Passed House, In Senate Committee
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Local Unions Endorsing HR676
- New Hampshire State AFL-CIO
- Local 2320, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Manchester, NH
New Hampshire State News
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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)."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?"
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Portsmouth Primary Care Associates invites the public to "Everybody In, Nobody Out, One Group, One Plan, One Rate," a forum on health care reform from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, June 10, at the Frank Jones Center on the Route 1 Bypass.
By Roni Reino | Fosters Daily Democrat
The Portsmouth Primary Care Associates will host a discussion with Oliver Fein, president of the Physicians for a National Health Program on June 10.
By ROB KIEFNER | Letter to the editor | Concord (N.H.) Monitor
While the unholy and enigmatic alliances between lobbyists, insurance companies and their friends in Congress are responsible in large part for the unsettling vicissitudes of health care reform, Big Pharma must surely share in the blame game as well.
H. Dixon Turner, M.D. | Letter to the Editor | Portsmouth (N.H.) Herald
Like Sen. Judd Gregg, I also believe Congress needs to start over with its health care efforts — but for very different reasons.
By Barbara Power | Nashua (N.H.) Telegraph
Do you have reliable, affordable, high-quality health care, guaranteed for life? Do all of your children? Parents? Grandchildren? Friends and neighbors? If so, congratulations.
By John R. Swartz | Letter to the editor | Concord (N.H.) Monitor
Republican strategist Bob Luntz wrote it's not what you say but what people hear. He was correct. I keep hearing the phrase, "government-run health care," which is purposely vague and undefined. However, it frightens people who think that they will be forced to leave their current doctor and report to a dull gray building where they will receive poor treatment from a government doctor who graduated at the bottom of the class.
Thomas Clairmont, MD | Letter to the Editor | The Telegraph (Nashua, NH)
The current health care bills should be rejected. With 45 million people uninsured, 45,000 deaths annually due to lack of insurance, and nearly a million medical bankruptcies a year, a four-year delay in medical reform is unacceptable. Medicare was in place eleven months after passage in 1965.
By ROB KIEFNER | Concord (N.H.) Monitor
Amid chaos, misinformation and misunderstanding, the health care reform bill was nudged through the House of Representatives by the narrowest of margins. By not letting the facts get in the way of their blustering arguments, wacky lawmakers from both sides of the aisle offered lots of hype and heft, at times bench pressing the actual 2,100-page document to underscore the strength of their positions.
By DR. THOMAS CLAIRMONT | New Hampshire Union Leader
Speaker Pelosi has pledged to hold a floor debate and vote on single-payer health reform this fall. This vote on an amendment to HR 3200 (the 1,000-plus page bill favored by the House leadership) would substitute the 27-page HR 676 as the new health care policy of the United States.