Sen. Kay Hagan (D., N.C.) is caught saying anyone who likes their current health insurance plans should keep it under any reforms in a new, undated video unearthed by America Rising.
"If you've got health insurance in our country, you keep it," she said. "Whatever we do, I don't want to dismantle any system where people are happy with the coverage that they have."
However, more than 160,000 North Carolinians have already had their plans cancelled for not falling in line with the requirements of the Affordable Care Act, going directly against the oft-repeated promise by President Obama and many Democrats like Hagan that no such thing would occur.
Hagan was so flustered by one Obamacare-related question during a conference call Tuesday with reporters that liberal Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank wrote she "should qualify for trauma coverage" under the Affordable Care Act:
A reporter from the Greensboro (N.C.) News & Record asked why Hagan, like President Obama, had told people that if they liked their health plans they’d be able to keep their health plans.
There was a long pause before Hagan responded, then a deep intake of breath. "You know, Doug," she responded, "the, um" – here she exhaled and paused again – "the way these, the – the regulations and the law, uh" – pause – "came forward recently, I think people were surprised that the, uh, the – the actual original plans would be, um, would be canceled."
Hagan's approval rating in the state has plummeted over the past few months and she faces a tough re-election fight in a state that voted for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in 2012.
[H/T America Rising]