Senator Sanborn, why do you not want health care for New Hampshire residents

To the Editor:

I have been an actively practicing physician in New Hampshire for 32 years.

Barely a day goes by when I am not faced with a patient who has been unable to afford needed health care due to a lack of health insurance.

Invariably, the management of their problem becomes more complex, costly and most often has greater morbidity. It is baffling that state Senator Andy Sanborn is persistent in his opposition to the expansion of Medicaid as paid for under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).

Despite the bipartisan bill SB 413 to start the path to covering all New Hampshire residents with health insurance, he is adamant in his pursuit of blocking even this bipartisan compromise. I question his motives in that any fair-minded person would welcome universal health coverage. It decreases cost by emphasizing prevention not treatment, stops cost shifting in premiums whereby the insured help fund the care of the uninsured and reduces emergency room visits which are the most costly use of the system.

It keeps our population healthier, resulting in less sick days in the work place and makes business more productive. This is a no-brainer.

Let’s ask our senator, what is your reasoning to continue to deny health care to so many of our neighbors?

Wayne L. Goldner MD