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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — After filing for reelection this week Sen. Kay Hagan (D-North Carolina) dodged reporters’ questions about a broken promise that North Carolinians could keep their insurance policies.

Today we asked her again about the estimated 473,000 residents that faced cancellations when the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, launched last fall and when she knew it might happen. Again Hagan did not answer directly. Instead she said she wanted to clarify something.

“The State of North Carolina under the insurance commissioner along with insurance companies in North Carolina, and if you had a plan, and you liked that plan, you can keep that plan in North Carolina,” Hagan said during an interview from the US Capitol. “And I have sponsored legislation to make that permanent.”

Hagan says in the two years before the ACA launch, insurers sold policies that would not meet minimum standards of the new law. She made a similar comment earlier this week. In response, Blue Cross Blue Shield told the Raleigh News & Observer that’s not true.

We also asked Sen. Hagan about a plan Sen. Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) helped unveil just before the State of the Union last month. Burr and fellow Republicans Sen. Tom Coburn (OK) and Orrin Hatch (UT) launched the Patient Choice, Affordability, Responsibility, and Empowerment (CARE) Act as “a legislative plan that repeals Obamacare and then replaces it with common-sense, patient-centered reforms that reduce health care costs and increase access to affordable, high-quality care.”

“I think it wants to repeal (the Affordable Care Act) and totally change it,” Hagan said about the Patient CARE Act.

She then said the ACA needs “common-sense fixes,” including keeping a plan if you like it and revisiting how the ACA handles medical devices.

Hagan faces a Democratic primary challenge from Will Stewart of Pender County.

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  • MG

    It just amazes me the people who are praising Obamacare and Hagan in these comments.

    In reality, ACA and the other so-called “entitlements” simply prove that greed knows no single economic class. There are poor who are greedy, too.

    The FACTS are these:

    1 – The administrative costs of these programs that are supposed to help people have an administrative cost of almost 80 percent! In other words, the people you are helping the most with these big taxes that are supposed to go to the needy are going to pay big salaries to bureaucrats. Who would give to any charity that has that kind of administrative cost.

    2 – For every so-called success story of ACA are a slew of horror stories by people who have had their plans cancelled leaving them in a serious mess.

    The reality is that ACA is one of many programs coming down the pike to create a dependent society that builds a bigger government.

    3 – Do the people who benefit from all of this “help for the poor” actually appreciate it? It appears they don’t. Take a look at public housing projects where people in need are supposed to be given a place to live during difficult times. How do they show their appreciation for all the help from the taxpayers? They trash the places and sell drugs out of them. They are also the neighborhoods most infected with crime.

  • on the RIGHT side

    its time for Kay Hagan to pack her bags, we don’t need a Obama follower leading our state down a road to no where. Obama is just good at talking and bull jiving his way through life, its just sad that so many people think he’s the real deal. NO its time we the people move the idiots out of office.

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