Hagan on defensive over healthcare fallout

Hagan and Ellmers attended a leadership conference and discussed their very different positions on Obamacare.
November 26, 2013 9:30:13 AM PST
Fallout from the national healthcare overhaul was a hot topic in downtown Raleigh Monday.

Sen. Kay Hagan and Rep. Renee Ellmers attended the same leadership conference and discussed with ABC11 their very different positions on the Affordable Care Act.

Both Hagan and Ellmers are up for re-election, and the new healthcare law will be integral to their campaigns.

Hagan was one of the speakers at Monday's forum but was attacked for her own leadership role when it comes to Obamacare.

ABC11 asked Hagan about the infamous promise that the public could keep their health insurance if they wanted, but she ducked the question more than once, blaming insurance companies instead.

"I think you look back at the insurance companies, for three years, sold these policies without telling the consumer that they would have to be canceled," said Hagan when asked if she knew people would lose their policies.

Meanwhile, Ellmers has been trying to scuttle the Affordable Care Act from the outset.

"We were made a promise, that the American people would be able to keep their health insurance if they liked it and that they would be able to keep their doctor. Now we're finding out that those things are not true and we've got to fix it," Ellmers told ABC11.

Although Hagan did not want to talk about the promise, she was quick to talk about the problems and potential fixes. For instance, letting people hold on to their existing insurance policies and extending open enrollment.

However, the senator says the conservative solution to scrap the new law and start from scratch is not an option.

"My opponents want to take us back. Back to a time when insurance companies could deny you with a pre-existing condition, take away your policy once you got sick...people don't want to go back," she said.

Vice President Joe Biden recently joined Hagan at a fundraiser in Chapel Hill. She was hesitant to say whether the President would campaign with her, but said she expected him to campaign for candidates in North Carolina.

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