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Where is Kay Hagan’s Apology For Lying to North Carolinians? [Updated]

Kay Hagan

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 * 

if they are happy with their current plan and their current doctors, then they will be able to keep them.

3. July 15, 2009 *

We have passed a compromise health care reform bill that will stabilize costs and ensure that people who are happy with their health care and doctors can keep them

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 *

the bill allows people to keep health care coverage if they want

6. August 2, 2009 *

Under this bill, people who lose or change their jobs can keep their health care. And we make certain that people who like their health insurance and their doctors get to keep them.

7. August 8, 2009

If you like your doctors, you can definitely keep it, keep your health insurance.

8. August 8, 2009 *

If people like their insurance, we don’t want to change it

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 *

we’ve got to be sure that if you like your doctor and your health insurance, we’re not going to change.

11. August 26, 2009 *

My premise is that if you have health insurance that you’re happy with, then we don’t need to change that

12. August 30, 2009

I want to be sure that if you like your health insurance, you keep it. I don’t want to change that.

13. September 9 , 2009 *

As I have said all along and the President just confirmed – people who like their current insurance and doctors will keep them.

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 †

The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee crafted a bill that ensures that people who like their insurance and their doctors keep them.

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 *

It also expands coverage and ensures that if you like your insurance and your doctors, you keep them.

19. November 5, 2009 †

if you like your insurance and your doctors, you keep them.

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 *

People who like their insurance coverage and doctors will keep them.

22. November 21, 2009 *

Individuals and employers who like their health insurance and doctors will keep them.

23. Undated PDF, published after law was passed and signed *

Ensures you can keep the coverage you have

Individuals and employers who like their health insurance and doctors will keep them.

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.”

Note: This post has been updated with additional examples and videos.

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