STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Nine
A RESOLUTION endorsing the National Health Care Act.
Whereas, every person in New Hampshire and in the United States deserves access to affordable, quality health care; and
Whereas, there is a growing crisis in health care in the United States of America, manifested in rising health care costs, increased premiums, out-of-pocket spending, and decreased international business competitiveness; and
Whereas, approximately 135,000 New Hampshire citizens lacked health insurance in 2006; and
Whereas, those insured now often experience burdensome medical debt; and
Whereas, 1/2 of all personal bankruptcies are due to illnesses or medical bills; and
Whereas, the increasing expense of Medicaid and the rising costs of insuring state employees and teachers can best be met not by limiting benefits, but by expanding them under a national, publicly-funded health insurance program; and
Whereas, the complex bureaucracy arising from our fragmented, for-profit, multi-payer system of health care financing consumes approximately 30 percent of the United States health care spending while Medicare has a 3 percent overhead; and
Whereas, United States Representative John Conyers introduced H.R. 676, the United States National Health Care Act, in the United States House of Representatives for the 111th Congress; and
Whereas, this Act would provide a universal, comprehensive, single-payer system of high quality national health insurance; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring:
That the New Hampshire general court respectfully urges the United States Congress to enact the United States National Health Care Act sponsored by Representative Conyers; and
That copies of this resolution be transmitted by the house clerk to the President of the United States and to members of the New Hampshire congressional delegation.