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PolitiFact Gives Kay Hagan Its “Lie Of The Year” Award

Raleigh, NC – PolitiFact has named Kay Hagan’s “if you like your plan you can keep it” false promise as its “Lie of the Year” for 2013.

“For all of these reasons, PolitiFact has named ‘If you like your health care plan, you can keep it,’ the Lie of the Year for 2013. Readers in a separate online poll overwhelmingly agreed with the choice.”

Kay Hagan’s repeated the “Lie of the Year” at least 24 times (see below for a full list with citations).

To this day, Hagan has refused to answer reporters’ questions about when she knew Americans wouldn’t be able to keep their health insurance plans as she promised over and over again.

 “The first-term Democrat has declined to respond to questions about when she knew that policies would be canceled. She was a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, one of two Senate committees that drafted versions of the health care law in 2009.”  (Renee Schoof, “Sen. Hagan, like other Democrats, on the health care hot seat,” Raleigh News & Observer, 11/20/13)

In their analysis, PolitiFact also calls out Kay Hagan’s bogus excuse that insurance companies are responsible for the millions of cancellations, calling that explanation “false.”

HAGAN’S LIE: “I think you look back at the insurance companies. For three years, sold these policies without telling the consumer they would have to be canceled.” (Kay Hagan, WTVD, 11/25/13)

POLITIFACT: “First, they tried to shift blame to insurers. ‘FACT: Nothing in #Obamacare forces people out of their health plans,’ said Valerie Jarrett, a top adviser to Obama, on Oct. 28. PolitiFact rated her statement False. The restrictions on grandfathering were part of the law, and they were driving cancellations.”

 “It’s no surprise that after Kay Hagan deliberately misled North Carolinians at least 24 times, a national fact checker has named her false ‘you can keep your plan if you like it’ promise as it’s lie of the year,” said North Carolina Republican Party spokesman Daniel Keylin. “Kay Hagan still refuses to apologize to the nearly half a million North Carolinians who she repeatedly lied to. And Hagan still refuses to say when exactly she knew her promises were nothing more than lies. Kay Hagan can continue to dodge media questions and ignore her constituents, but North Carolinians will hold her accountable on Election Day.”

Kay Hagan Lied At Least 24 Times

HAGAN: “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.” (Kay Hagan, Health Care Reform Markup, 6/17/09)

HAGAN:  ‘People who have insurance they’re happy with can keep it’ “We need to support the private insurance industry so that people who have insurance they’re happy with can keep it while also providing a backstop option for people without access to affordable coverage.” (“Republicans Vent As Other Compromise Plans Get Aired,” National Journal’s Congress Daily, 6/18/09)

HAGAN: “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.” (Kay Hagan, Press Conference, 10/10/09)

HAGAN: “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.” (Kay Hagan, “Health Care Reform: Senate Progress on the Bill,” 11/9/09)

HAGAN: “If you have health insurance and you like you physicians, keep it. Nothing is gonna change along those lines.” (WXII, “NC Politicians’ Views on Healthcare Reform,” 8/15/09)

HAGAN: “My promise is that if you have health insurance that you’re happy with, then we don’t need to change that.” (Gordon Anderson, “Health care dominates discussion at meetings,” Sanford Herald, 8/26/09)

HAGAN: “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.” (Kay Hagan, NC AFL-CIO Convention, 9/11/09)

HAGAN: “If you like your doctors you can definitely keep it, keep your health insurance.”  (Carolina News 14, 8/09)

HAGAN: “‘If people like their insurance, we don’t want to change it,’ Hagan said during a press conference in the hospital board room.”  (Paul B. Johnson, “Hagan touts reform during tour of hospital,” High Point Enterprise, 8/8/09)

HAGAN: “The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee crafted a bill that ensures that people who like their insurance and their doctors keep them. They also expand access to health insurance for those without it and slows down the skyrocketing cost of health care. Three critical components that President Obama called for in his speech to congress two weeks ago.” (Kay Hagan, Senate Floor Speech, 9/23/09)

HAGAN: “I have been focused on a reform bill that…ensures that if you like your insurance and your doctors, you keep them.”  (Kay Hagan, Senate Floor Speech, 11/5/09)

HAGAN: “Of course, we need to make sure that the people who are happy with their insurance can keep it.” (Kay Hagan, Hearing of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, 4/30/09)

HAGAN: “I think the key here is if you’ve got health insurance in our country, you keep. Whatever we do, I don’t want to dismantle any system where people are happy with the coverage that they have.” (Kay Hagan, HCAN Town Hall, 2009)

HAGAN: “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.”  (Kay Hagan, Op-Ed, “What I Want In Health Care Reform,” Charlotte Observer, 8/2/09)

HAGAN: “I want to be sure that if you like your health insurance, you keep it. I don’t want to change that.”  (Kay Hagan, Interview, Keith Larson Show, 8/30/09)

HAGAN: “…We’ve got to be sure that if you like your doctor and your health insurance, we’re not going to change.”  (Sarah Campbell, “Hagan Visit Emphasizes call For Health Care Reform,” Kinston Free Press, 8/24/09)

HAGAN: “While there are many details that still need to be worked out, we ultimately need health insurance reform that ensures people who like their insurance and doctors keep them, expands access to health insurance for those without it, and slows down the skyrocketing cost of health care. I am committed to working with my Senate colleagues to ensure these critical components are included in the final bill.” (Kay Hagan, Press Release, Hagan Comments On The Finance Committee’s Health Care Bill, 9/16/09)

HAGAN: “‘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.” (Kay Hagan, Press Release, “Health Reform Bil Passes Health Committee With Hagan Amendments,” 7/15/09)

HAGAN: “As I have said all along and the President just confirmed – people who like their current insurance and doctors will keep them.” (Kay Hagan, Press Release, “Hagan Reaction To President Obama’s Heath Care Speech To A Joint Session Of Congress,” 9/9/09)

HAGAN: “It also expands coverage and ensures that if you like your insurance and your doctors, you keep them.” (Kay Hagan, Press Release, “Hagan Comments On Finance Committee’s Passage Of Health Care Reform Bill,” 10/13/09)

HAGAN: “We are now ready to debate on the Senate floor a pro-patient, pro-consumer bill that strengthens the current system….Individuals and employers who like their health insurance and doctors will keep them.”  (Kay Hagan, Press Release, “Hagan Comments On The Critical Step Forward For Health Care Reform In The Senate,” 11/21/09)

HAGAN: “People who like their insurance coverage and doctors will keep them.”  (Kay Hagan, Press Release, “Hagan Comments On Senate Health Care Bill,” 11/19/09)

HAGAN WEBSITE: “Ensures you can keep the coverage you have…Individuals and employers who like their health insurance and doctors will keep them.” (Kay Hagan, Senate website, “Health Care Facts: Middle Class Families”)

HAGAN NEWSLETTER: “She also wants people to have the peace of mind to know that, if they are happy with their current plan and their current doctors, then they will be able to keep them.” (“Hagan Hotline: The Week In Review,” 6/19/09)

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