Quality, affordable health care is the building block of a successful life and should never be subject to partisan politics. On the Executive Council, Dan will protect women's healthcare access by fully funding Planned Parenthood and tackle the heroin and opioid epidemic that has claimed too many lives here in New Hampshire.
TACKLING THE HEROIN & OPIOID EPIDEMIC
It's no secret that New Hampshire is facing a heroin and opioid epidemic. Over 1,000 lives have been lost since 2014, and tens of thousands of Granite Staters still lack the care they need. New Hampshire has the nation's third-highest rate of overdose death, but ranks last in available treatment. It does not have to be that way.
Dan wants to end the stigma of addiction and invest in proven solutions like evidence-based prevention, affordable treatment, and criminal justice reform. It's time we treat substance misuse disorder like the disease it is. That is why Dan strongly supports New Hampshire's Health Protection Program that has finally expanded drug treatment programs for thousands of low-income citizens.
Dan's opponent has taken a different approach. In the face of a public health epidemic, Councilor Wheeler has taken the Koch brothers' pledge to roll back the Health Protection Program. Since Republicans and Democrats came together to expand Medicaid in 2014, over 50,000 Granite Staters now have health insurance and emergency room visits have fallen by 27%. If Dan's opponent blocks Medicaid expansion when it comes back to the Executive Council next year, it would endanger people's health and forfeit some $800 million of our federal tax dollars. We simply cannot afford to let it happen.
PROTECTING WOMEN'S HEALTH
Dan believes that protecting healthcare access for New Hampshire women and men should not be subject to partisan ideology. Over 13,000 low-income women and men each year rely on Planned Parenthood health centers for annual check-ups, cancer screenings, STI treatment, health education, and contraception. For decades, Republicans and Democrats on the Executive Council worked together to fund Planned Parenthood health centers across our state.
Then in 2010, Dan's opponent cast the deciding vote to defund Planned Parenthood against the wishes of the NH Legislature, the NH Department of Health and Human Services, and two-thirds of Granite Staters. Ostensibly, he voted this way out of opposition to abortion. But opposing abortion and supporting Planned Parenthood are not mutually exclusive. In fact, conservatives long supported Planned Parenthood because their services have been shown to reduce the rate of abortion and teen pregnancy, and save taxpayer money in the long-term. Just 3% of Planned Parenthood's services are abortion-related and those may not be covered with public funds.
Dan will work with Democrats and Republicans to ensure funding for our community health centers is preserved and low-income women and men can get the healthcare they need to live, work, and raise a family. Dan is proud to have received Planned Parenthood's endorsement in this campaign.