I’VE WORKED IN health care in New Hampshire nearly my entire professional life, which awards me a unique perspective on the single-payer health-care system that is being proposed under various names, including Medicare-for-All.

My health-care experience includes public and private businesses, nonprofits and most importantly, as a patient with a rare disease that depends on Medicare and private insurance.

I understand the current health insurance system is flawed and needs to be improved. That’s why we should work together to fix the problem, rather than uprooting the entire health-care system and trying to start over from scratch. To think that a one-size-fits-all approach will solve the health-care issues that plague the system today is both nearsighted and overly simplistic for an industry that makes up 20 percent of our economy.

Providing everyone in New Hampshire with government-run health care may seem great in theory but will come with a heavy cost on the patients, the economy and taxpayers. If government were to snatch away health-care coverage from the free market today, we can be sure to expect poorer quality, restrictions on choice and increased costs for hardworking Granite Staters.

While nobody is excited about the high cost of health care, many of us reluctantly live with the flexibility and treatment choices our current insurance plans provide. I do not appreciate the idea of a Washington bureaucrat telling me and my family what works best for our health-care needs. The one-size-fits-all approach to health care is a disaster waiting to happen. It will only result in less control for patients to decide on a doctor, treatments and coverage, while raising wait times for health care and dramatically increasing personal and small business taxes.

We need to take our blinders off and give current insurance holders (patients) a voice in this argument.

The health and well being of New Hampshire families should come before idealistic and unrealistic hopes of socialized medicine.

By improving the current system, patients and families will be empowered to choose a provider who works best for their needs. A better solution should work off the existing system and fill in gaps in coverage for those who still cannot afford health insurance. I fully believe that if we work together we can improve or revoke the Affordable Care Act, increase affordable coverage options and build upon its success, but only if we remove the silly notion that “government knows best.”

There is a big push in D.C. for a Medicare-for-All health-care system. However, the Washington bureaucrats don’t necessarily have the same values or understand what makes New Hampshire great.

If Washington bureaucrats decide to support a Medicare-for-All-style system, then they should be subject to the same insurance policy and be forced to drop their free Congressional health-care plans paid for by American taxpayers. Let’s see how keen they are on the idea when they’d be subjected to government-run health care.

Which is why I encourage Congressman Chris Pappas to be the voice of reason, work on common-sense solutions, and lean on his business instincts in making savvy decisions on behalf of his New Hampshire constituents. I have total faith in Congressman Pappas and the New Hampshire delegation to make smart choices for New Hampshire families and all residents of the United States.

Robert Stoker is a board member with the Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America — New England and a state advocate for the COPD Foundation & Alpha 1 Foundation.

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