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Hagan seeks probe of health care site

Posted November 12, 2013

U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan

— Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan is asking for an official probe into the failed launch of the website portal for the Affordable Care Act.  

In a draft letter to the Government Accountability Office and the U.S. Inspector General, Hagan urges them to investigate the design, implementation and launch timeline for HealthCare.gov, as well as how contracts were awarded to the 55 companies that worked on the rollout.

She's also asking for an accounting of how much fixing the site will cost and whether the federal government can recoup any of the money it has already paid to vendors who failed to meet performance standards.

"These problems are simply unacceptable, and Americans deserve answers and swift solutions," Hagan wrote. "Taxpayers are owed a full and transparent accounting of how the vendors contracted to build the site failed to launch it successfully."

House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, a California Republican, launched an investigation into the rollout in October, but Hagan spokeswoman Sadie Weiner said that probe is partisan.

"Senator Hagan would like a nonpartisan, independent investigation," she said.

Hagan has long been an outspoken supporter of the president's health care reform plan, and she closes her letter with a statement in support of the Affordable Care Act.  Still, the letter appears to be, at least in part, intended to distance herself from the debacle. 

Hagan is up for re-election in 2014, and her opponents are already saddling her with the ACA's problems and its resulting unpopularity.

Voters appear to be listening. A poll released Tuesday by Democrat-affiliated Public Policy Polling shows Hagan's early lead over her GOP challengers has evaporated.

Pollster Tom Jensen says Hagan's disapproval is up 10 points since September, closely tracking President Barack Obama's negatives in the state. She's now statistically tied with all four Republican challengers for her seat.

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  • heisenberg Nov 19, 2013

    Hagan has got to go. She has done nothing to help NC. She voted for this disastrous Unaffordable Care Act and then she lied when she said you could keep your insurance and keep your doctor.

  • littleriver69 Nov 18, 2013

    She trying to save her job. Sorry but it won't work.

  • warrcorick Nov 17, 2013

    (WHY?) What sane person does not want GENERAL health care?

    If you are not an insurance company, why are you not wanting health care. Can being a separatist/republican, also make you stupid. Not having humans without health care, will make the system more efficient. Some people look at health care as a privilege that separates them from others. I have had access my entire life. For what justifiable reason would I not want it
    for others. If you are working for a living, which well over half of us do, you are being pimped by a party that has wealth
    off the sweat of your neck ties and skirts.

  • dontstopnow Nov 14, 2013

    She voted for this mess, now she can sink with it! I want her out and my vote will certainly show my disgust for her 'attachment to Obama and Harry Reid".

  • HeadsUp Nov 14, 2013

    "Kay Hagan's poll numbers have tanked. Looks like she needs to move back to Florida where she is from. She is not really a North Carolinian at heart. She even went to college at the Univ of Florida." -- jdupree

    I'm no Hagan fan, and I hope she loses, but do you apply the same standard consistently to McCrory (Ohio), Berger (New York), and Tillis (Florida)?

    If not, please explain your double standard.

  • jdupree Nov 14, 2013

    Kay Hagan's poll numbers have tanked. Looks like she needs to move back to Florida where she is from. She is not really a North Carolinian at heart. She even went to college at the Univ of Florida.

  • HeadsUp Nov 14, 2013

    Devastating Washington Post column on Kay Hagan's ineptitude:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/dana-milbank-a-call-for-help-from-democrats-after-obamacare/2013/11/12/29083742-4be3-11e3-9890-a1e0997fb0c0_story.html

  • junkmail5 Nov 14, 2013

    The dems called the republicans and Cruz "terrorists" for fighting this disaster. Now the dems are "terrorists" by their own definition.
    Danny22

    Wrong as always.

    The republicans were terrorists because they took something hostage (the government) and then issued a list of demands.

    because that's what terrorists do.

    Simply asking for something, even if it's the same thing terrorists asked for, WITHOUT taking hostages, is a very different thing.

    It's bizarre you can't tell the difference.

  • Danny22 Nov 14, 2013

    Ted Cruz and republicans tried to stop this disaster. Now many democrats are trying to delay and revamp obamacare. The dems called the republicans and Cruz "terrorists" for fighting this disaster. Now the dems are "terrorists" by their own definition.

  • Danny22 Nov 14, 2013

    She has waited too late to start representing our state. She has rubber stamped everything the Liar in Chief has done. She voted for obamacare and voted separately to allow insurance companies to cancel policies. Hagan is to blame the same as Obama.

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