Messner Slams Shaheen Failed Record on Health Care


Messner Slams Shaheen Failed Record on Health Care

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BEDFORD, NH – Meeting with supporters and talking to media at Manchester’s Arms Park, U.S. Senate nominee Bryant “Corky” Messner today pointed to Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s failure to address the health care concerns of Granite Staters.

“She has not accomplished anything in 30 years in politics regarding providing affordable, accessible, high quality health care to people that gives them options on the type of health care they get.”

Providing options to consumers, competition and transparency, market forces will bring costs down, said the Wolfeboro Republican. He also suggested bringing down prescription drug prices by allowing Medicare to negotiate those prices.

“We have seen under Obamacare the price of health care going up dramatically despite what Jeanne Shaheen said in 2014,” said Messner. “She said in a debate in 2014 that health insurance costs would not increase more than 1% under Obamacare.

“A political outsider like me who knows how to get things done will fight for the people of New Hampshire to get these laws passed because they benefit the people. And we will succeed in doing that.

“I won’t be beholden to a party or any person, like Jeanne Shaheen is. Career politicians have failed at this. They have failed at this – that’s why we need a political outsider…Someone with the courage and desire to get something done.”

He also once again clarified his support of protecting those with pre-existing conditions, saying the Shaheen camp is fear-mongering when they claim 500,000 people in New Hampshire have pre-existing conditions. They also have accused Messner of denying the existence of pre-existing conditions and say he will not protect those Granite Staters.

“I am now and have always been in support of protecting those with pre-existing conditions when it comes to access to health care,” Messner has stated in response to the accusations by Senator Shaheen and her allies.

Based on the federal government’s definition, a “pre-existing condition” is a health problem that exists before the date that new health coverage starts.

“What I said in the (Oct. 8) debate: people have health conditions, and people with health insurance have health conditions…A person with health insurance who have a condition, it is not a pre-existing condition…When you have a health condition and no health insurance, it is a pre-existing condition.”

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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