Hagan Dodges Question on When She Knew People Would Lose Their Insurance Under Obamacare

Blue Cross Blue Shield contradicts Hagan's claim insurers knowingly sold policies they knew would not comply with Obamacare

February 27, 2014

Embattled North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan (D., N.C.) dodged questions on Obamacare again today, WWAY reports.

Hagan was asked when she was aware 473,000 North Carolinians may lose their health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

The senator elected to dodge the question and attack insurance carriers for knowingly offering plans over the last two years that would not comply with Obamacare.

Blue Cross Blue Shield told the Raliegh News & Observer Hagan's claim is false, and "she should know better":

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.