ObamaCare questions not getting any less awkward for Sen. Hagan in North Carolina

At least not according to one local news report; Hagan officially filed for reelection earlier this week, and the occasion marked yet another instance of some painfully transparent ObamaCare deflection:

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.

I’d guess that the continued ObamaCare-ducking required in her reelection effort probably explains why she decided to officially pull the trigger on cosponsoring the minimum wage bill that’s supposed to serve as the centerpiece of the Democrats’ 2014 campaign platform, via The Hill:

Sen. Kay Hagan (N.C.), a vulnerable Democratic incumbent, plans to co-sponsor legislation raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, according to her office.

Hagan’s support will boost the number of co-sponsors to the bill introduced by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) to 32.

Hagan plans to highlight the issue in her reelection campaign. She has criticized North Carolina General Assembly Speaker Thom Tillis, one of several Republicans vying to oust her, for opposing a minimum wage boost.

A handful of other vulnerable Dems, like Shaheen, Landrieu, Udall, and Pryor, have all held off on co-sponsorship (and Pryor has even said he’s pretty much opposed to it) — but she must really need this.

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