Messner Speaks Out on Misrepresentations of his Views on Protecting Pre-existing Conditions Health Coverage


Messner Speaks Out on Misrepresentations of his Views on Protecting Pre-existing Conditions Health Coverage

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Bedford, NH – U.S. Senate nominee Bryant “Corky” Messner today countered media reports and social media posts from Democrat operatives that he opposes health care coverage for those with pre-existing conditions.

“Let me be very clear: I currently oppose and will oppose any and all efforts to deny health care to an individual based on pre-existing conditions,” says Messner. “That is and always has been my position, yet time and again, my opponent, Jeanne Shaheen, and her supporters mischaracterize that position for political gain.”

Pointing out that as Governor, Jeanne Shaheen’s policies caused many insurance companies to leave New Hampshire, limiting health care options for Granite Staters, Messner said, “Senator Shaheen is once again using election speak and scare tactics to hide from her abysmal record on health care. She doesn’t want voters to know she’s the reason for the lack of insurance choices here in New Hampshire. She doesn’t want you to know that she promised to lower health insurance costs when first running for office decades ago, yet working families’ costs keep going up. She also doesn’t want you to know she’s for taking away any private insurance options.

“She’s failed, so she tries to scare voters by ignoring her failures and misrepresenting my positions.”

In an Oct. 8 debate with Senator Shaheen, Messner stated unequivocally, “No one should be denied health care because of pre-existing conditions.”

Messner supports a healthcare system that offers quality care that is patient-centered, accessible, affordable and offers options, while also favoring legislation that will ensure no one is denied care because of pre-existing conditions, though he points out many of those safeguards have been in place since the 1990s.

During the Oct. 8 debate, Messner did point out that the term “pre-existing conditions” technically refers to health conditions that pre-date the start of an individual’s coverage, so he used the term “health conditions” in referring to the thousands of Granite Staters needing coverage for these conditions. “In using the term ‘health conditions,’ I did not deny the existence of pre-existing conditions, which I know are a critical issue as we discuss how best to provide care to those in need.”

He continued, “We need to empower families to make patient-focused decisions together with their doctors, allow individuals purchasing their own insurance the same tax benefits as businesses, allow purchase of insurance across state lines, and work to ensure more transparency in billing. Families should be able to know what they’re paying and not be burdened with endless paperwork.”

About Bryant “Corky” Messner

Raised in a blue-collar family in Altoona, PA, Bryant “Corky” Messner attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he played football and prepared for military service. Upon earning the Army Ranger tab and graduating in 1979, he served in West Germany, witnessing firsthand the specter of the Iron Curtain during the Cold War. Following his military service, he attended University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law and went on to found the law firm Messner Reeves LLP, which today includes more than 100 lawyers, 200 employees and offices in nine cities.

Messner is a strong conservative, and remains passionate about giving back to the country that has offered him the opportunity to live the American Dream. His continued public service includes involvement with various non-profit organizations, including the Wentworth Watershed Association, the Army West Point Athletic Association, the Rise School Denver, and the Messner Foundation, which works to cultivate the next generation of business and community leaders.

A father of three, Messner’s two sons are West Point Cadets and his daughter is preparing to attend medical school. He resides in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire.

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