When Barack Obama promised, “if you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan, period” he was lying. When Barack Obama promised, “if you like you doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period” he was lying.
After the president’s lies were exposed, Kay Hagan fired off a press release stating the president’s “apology is only helpful if it is followed by direct and meaningful action to get the Affordable Care Act working” and that she is “supporting a bill that would allow people to keep their current plans.”
I understand Kay Hagan has an election coming up and needs to cover her ass, but she seems to have forgotten about her own role in forcing through this debacle. Specifically, she seems to have forgotten about all the times she too promised any reform would allow Americans to keep their doctor and their existing insurance.
Given the bill made whole swathes of plans illegal, why did she vote for it, and when will she apologize for repeatedly lying to North Carolinians to help pave the way for this disaster?
Note: the following is not a comprehensive list. Asterisks indicate claims posted on www.hagan.senate.gov, her official Senate website. Crosses indicate claims appearing in the congressional record.
If any of the instances listed below becomes unavailable, they are all archived here.
1. April 4, 2009
“Of course, we need to make sure that the people who are happy with their insurance can keep it.”
2. June 9, 2009 *
3. July 15, 2009 *
4. July 17, 2009
“I think the fundamental promise of this effort to the American people has been and continue to be that if you got health insurance now, you’re happy with it, you can keep it.”
5. July 17, 2009 *
6. August 2, 2009 *
7. August 8, 2009
8. August 8, 2009 *
9. August 15, 2009
“If you have health insurance and you like you physicians, keep it. Nothing is gonna change along those lines.”
10. August 24, 2009 *
11. August 26, 2009 *
12. August 30, 2009
13. September 9 , 2009 *
14. September 11, 2009
“If you have your health insurance and you like it, I want to be sure that whatever we do doesn’t interfere with that. I want to make sure that people can keep that health insurance.”
15. September 16, 2009 *
“we ultimately need health insurance reform that ensures people who like their insurance and doctors keep them …. I am committed to working with my Senate colleagues to ensure these critical components are included in the final bill.”
16. September 23, 2009 †
17. October 10, 2009
“First of all I want to be clear that if you have your insurance, you like your insurance, and your doctors, you keep them. We don’t want to do anything that’s going to change that part.”
18. October 13, 2009 *
19. November 5, 2009 †
20. November 11, 2009
“I also want to be sure that if you have health insurance you keep it. We don’t want to do anything to change that.”
21. November 19, 2009 *
22. November 21, 2009 *
23. Undated PDF, published after law was passed and signed *
24. Undated video, sometime around June 2009
“I think the key here is if you’ve got health insurance in our country, you keep it. Whatever we do, I don’t want to dismantle any system where people are happy with the coverage that they have.”
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Note: This post has been updated with additional examples and videos.