The ACA’s Disappearing Act

July 09, 2014

Failing To Come Up With Any Way To Fix Obamacare, Sen. Kay Hagan Is Hoping It Just Disappears

It seems like yesterday Sen. Kay Hagan was traveling across Northing Carolina promising to “fix” Obamacare – but now, as reports indicate rates could skyrocket in September, some Senators are hoping it just goes away. From guarantees that families would be able to keep their insurance plans to assurances that these aspects of the law would be corrected over time, it’s clear that these legislators’ promises were (and continue to be) hollow notions that change shape whenever the political winds blow in a new direction.

IS SEN. KAY HAGAN TRYING TO “PULL THE FOCUS FROM OBAMACARE”?

Associated Press: “Senate Democrats Try To Pull Focus From Obamacare.” (Charles Babington, “Senate Democrats Try To Pull Focus From Obamacare,” Associated Press, 7/6/14).

BUT JUST A FEW MONTHS AGO, HAGAN PROMISED TO “FIX” OBAMACARE 

Just Weeks After The Disastrous Rollout, Hagan Pledges To Fix Obamacare. “I’ve always said that this law would require fixes and everyone needs to be on board with making this law work”(Pete Kasperowicz and Elise Viebeck, “Hagan, Pryor join bill to fix ObamaCare,” The Hill, 11/8/13).

Sen. Hagan: “An apology is only helpful if it is followed by direct and meaningful action” (Pete Kasperowicz and Elise Viebeck, “Hagan, Pryor join bill to fix ObamaCare,” The Hill, 11/8/13).

THAT WOULDN’T BE HER FIRST BROKEN PROMISE ABOUT THE LAW

Kay Hagan Told Americans At Least 24 Times They Would Be Able To Keep Their Insurance Under ACA. “I want to be clear that if you have your insurance and if you like your insurance and your doctors, you keep them” (Kay Hagan, “False Obamacare Promises,”YouTube, 11/14/13).

And Then Hundreds of Thousands of North Carolinians Lost Their Insurance Plans.“More than 473,000 people in North Carolina have lost their health insurance because of plan terminations, the state insurance department said” (John Murawski, “Future of Cancelled Insurance Policies,” News & Observer, 11/14/13).

AND HAGAN HAS A HISTORY OF DUCKING QUESTIONS ABOUT IT

Hagan Dashes Away From Reporter Asking About The Affordable Care Act. “When did you learn that people wouldn’t be able to keep their plans?” “Um — [sound barrier breaks]” (Kay Hagan, “Avoids Answering Question,” YouTube, 2/24/14).

Same Thing Happened On The Radio Four Years Ago. She suddenly ‘got called away’ and had to leave the interview. “And she never answered the question!” (Ed Morrissey, “Hagan Dodges Question on Obamacare Constitutionality,” Hot Air, 4/22/10).

PREMIUM COSTS WILL SHOOT UP SOON

Premiums To Skyrocket In September. “Most state health insurance rates for 2015 are scheduled to be approved by early fall, and most are likely to rise . . . [giving] Republicans a chance to resurrect Obamacare as a political liability just weeks before the midterms” (Edward Isaac-Dovere, “A September Surprise,” Politico, 7/7/14).

And That Will Be Especially Bad For North Carolina:

Raleigh News & Observer OpEd: ““Future of Obamacare bleak for North Carolinians.”(Stephen Parente, “Future of Obamacare bleak for North Carolinians,” News & Observer, 7/6/14)

·     More Uninsured: “The state’s uninsured could increase by 57 percent within one decade due to skyrocketing costs and underperforming federal subsidies.” (Stephen Parente, “Future of Obamacare bleak for North Carolinians,” News & Observer, 7/6/14)

·     Higher Costs: “The average premium cost for a bronze family plan will balloon nearly 55 in 2017 due to the sunset of certain programs within the Affordable Care Act.” (Stephen Parente, “Future of Obamacare bleak for North Carolinians,” News & Observer, 7/6/14)

·     Fewer Choices: “More than 300,000 people will lose employer coverage in North Carolina within the next decade.” (Stephen Parente, “Future of Obamacare bleak for North Carolinians,” News & Observer, 7/6/14)

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