NH Vets Access Health Care
Manchester, NH— While his latest TV commercial offers veterans empty promises, Scott Brown is refusing to answer whether he supports a major bill introduced by Republican John McCain that would help New Hampshire veterans get better access to health care—legislation supported by Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte. The bill includes a key provision offered by Shaheen and Ayotte to improve access to care for New Hampshire veterans. It would allow veterans in New Hampshire - because New Hampshire doesn't have a full service VA hospital - to receive health care services from certain non-VA medical facilities if they live more than twenty miles from a full service VA provider.
Kevin Landrigan of the Nashua Telegraph wrote, “Asked if Brown supports the McCain-Sanders pending bill, Brown’s campaign declined to comment.” Kathleen Ronayne of the Concord Monitor also wrote that Brown evaded answering the question by spitting out tired talking points that had nothing to do with whether he would support the McCain-Sanders bill and Shaheen’s provision.
“It’s a shame that Scott Brown is refusing to tell New Hampshire veterans where he stands on a bill that is critical to improving their helath care, but relies instead on empty promises in campaign advertising,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director Julie McClain. “Granite Staters deserve better than a calculating politician who is desperately trying to revive his career. Veterans in New Hampshire deserve a Senator who is working for them—not one who is working to get himself back to the Senate.”
“Scott Brown is refusing to give people in New Hampshire straight answers on important issues. He's refusing to explain his opposition to expanding Medicaid and increasing the minimum wage. And now he is refusing to tell Granite Staters if he would support the McCain-Sanders bill, which includes the Shaheen-Ayotte language to help Granite State veterans access health care,” continued McClain.