Rep. Messmer Testifies for Single Payer Healthcare
The New Hampshire House heard public comments on four bills on Friday, January 12, 201 aimed at protecting healthcare for Granite State citizens. Representatives Peter Schmidt (Dover) and Jerry Knirk of Freedom presented the first bill (HB 1793) that would establish a single-payer health care system to provide health care for the citizens of New Hampshire. Representative Mindi Messmer said the following:
"How can our country spend more on healthcare than any other country in the world and yet have so many people who are uninsured or under-insured? There are people who have insurance but still are not getting the healthcare they need without expensive out of pocket copays.
And with all that spending, how is our country ranked last when compared with 11 other countries, including the UK, Australia, and several European countries like Switzerland?
The truth is, our system has a fundamental flaw. Instead of looking at healthcare as a basic human right and essential to “the pursuit of happiness", too many people who control and operate the system look at it solely as a market for profit and personal gain.
It’s time to stop allowing insurance executives and pharmaceutical lobbyists dictate what healthcare is best for our families and our children. We need to start putting money and trust into a system that will take us in a fundamentally different direction- a single-payer healthcare system, where healthcare for all is a fundamental right.
We can do it right here in New Hampshire and this committee can do it. It is not a matter of if, it is a matter of when…and the people of New Hampshire need this right now."