CORRECTED: Hagan Blames Insurers For Canceled Obamacare Plans

Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., hosts "Conversations with Kay" at the Greene County Museum on Friday, Aug. 3, 2012 in Snow Hill, N.C. (AP Photo/The Free Press, Janet S. Carter)
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Correction: The original version of this post was based on an inaccurate transcript of Sen. Hagan’s remarks. As a result, Hagan was misquoted and the premise of the original piece was in error. The post has been revised to reflect what Hagan actually said in the clip aired on Fox. We regret the error.

Dogged by reporters about Obamacare’s canceled insurance plans, Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) said again that it had not been clear that insurance companies would continue offering non-compliant policies after the law went into effect.

In a clip that aired Wednesday on Fox News, Hagan was confronted about the canceled policies, which didn’t comply with the law’s coverage requirements.

“When did you learn that people wouldn’t be able to keep their plan?” a reporter asked.

“You know, it wasn’t clear that insurance companies were selling substandard policies” Hagan said.

“Was it after the law was written you realized it? Did you have a timeline when you knew that would be the case?” the reporter pressed.

“It wasn’t clear, as I said earlier, that they were selling substandard plans and then they had to go and cancel that,” Hagan said.

Hagan’s campaign stressed to TPM that the senator and her office have been taking this position for months. They pointed to a statement to the News and Observer in a Nov. 20 article.

“It wasn’t clear — and it’s very disappointing — that for the last three years insurance companies continued to sell plans that didn’t meet the basic standards of the law and didn’t tell consumers that those plans would be canceled,” Hagan spokeswoman Sadie Weiner told the newspaper.

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