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The Single-Payer Healthcare Debate Revisited

Reese Brown; U.S. Army

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.  We look at the pros and cons from a medical and budgetary perspective.


  • Barbara Biggie - Republican Representative from Milford and vice chair of the Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee. 
  • Joseph Hannon - Doctor and former Republican Representative from Lee.  He gave up his medical practice after the Affordable Care Act was passed and now works with several organizations on issues of substance abuse, prevention, and recovery. 
  • Robert Kiefner - Retired family physician, he practiced for more than 30 years in Concord. He has taught at the Geisel School of Medicine and is a member of the Granite State Physicians for a National Health Plan. 

  • Peter Schmidt - Democratic Representative from Dover and sponsor of a bill that would establish a single-payer health care system in New Hampshire.

Related Reading:

"How exactly would single-payer health care work?" from CBS News. 

"N.H. rep proposes statewide single-payer healthcare," from the Concord Monitor. 

"Sticker Shock for N.H. Health Care Buyers," from the Valley News. 

"Shaheen, Hassan split on single-payer healthcare," from the Concord Monitor. 

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