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Hagan's concern over health care is funding

Posted July 27, 2009

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— North Carolina's freshman Democratic senator said Monday that although she voted last week on a U.S. Senate proposal for universal health care, there's no guarantee she will vote for the proposal in the fall.

"One of the most critical issues for me is to be sure that this is covered, that it will not put a debt burden on our country. We can't have these deficits going on," Sen. Kay Hagan said Monday.

health care Health care debate hits home for N.C.

Hagan, and her Republican counterpart Sen. Richard Burr, both sit on the Senate's Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee, which earlier this month passed a version of Obama's proposal that would extend affordable health care coverage to most of the 50 million uninsured Americans.

The $1 trillion-plus plan would provide a government insurance program to compete with private insurers, and insurance companies would be barred from excluding people with pre-existing conditions.

The current House bill would rely heavily on taxing the wealthiest Americans. How the plan would be paid for under the Senate plan has yet to be settled.

Hagan said hasn't fully seen what the House is proposing and that she's still looking at all the options.

Burr voted against the committee's passage of the bill, saying that although he wants affordable health care for all Americans, the current proposal penalizes Americans and medical care they prefer because it would limit their choices.

He believes there should be a broad choice of health insurance plans and that Americans should control their own insurance.

"We're encouraging our activists to call Sen. Hagan and tell her that she is right to question a public plan," Dallas Woodhouse, president of the North Carolina chapter of Americans for Prosperity.

The conservative activist group has already sponsored several rallies speaking out against the president's plan. It plans to reach out to Hagan with a familiar message, Woodhouse said.

"We take inspiration from President Obama: 'Can we fix health care without massive new taxes and with the free market? Yes we can,'" he said.

"If you think it's worth doing, you've got to be willing to pay for it," said Rep. Both Etheridge, D-N.C, who supports the House plan.

Obama, who has been traveling the nation in recent weeks to win support for his plan, is expected to hold a town hall meeting Wednesday at Broughton High School in Raleigh. The live event, which starts at 11:45 a.m., will be shown in its entirety on WRAL-TV and WRAL.com.

According to the Center for American Progress, an estimated 1.8 million of North Carolinians – 21 percent of the population – are without health care. For those who have coverage, health insurance premiums have increased 75 percent from 2000 to 2007.

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  • Eduardo1 Jul 28, 6:36 p.m.

    Kay, I can assure you , that the seniors of North Carolina are going to watch how you vote. A yes vote for this bill, is a no vote for YOU, from every senior in our group, most of whom are lifetimes Dems. No question, that this bill hurts us. One thing that you can trust seniors is we read, and we have long memories. Our President promised us CHANGE, but never said during his run for the office he would shaft us on Social Security benefits, which has promised no COLA for at least 2010, 2011 & 2012 + we WILL have a $31.00 increase in our medicare premium in 2010. So Please vote NO, Thank you!

  • ladyblue Jul 28, 5:51 p.m.

    Kay do the right thing. VOTE NO

  • Just the facts mam Jul 28, 4:18 p.m.

    I remember about 20 years ago when I lived up north, I use to work on a transport ambulance and I use to transport patients to a lot of hospitals. The worst hospital by a large margin was the VA hospital which was a government run hospital – at private hospitals there were employees around who would be of assistance – at the VA hospital it seemed like no one worked there as it took forever to find a employee, and I sure did feel sorry for the patients. So I am afraid government run health care will provide the same horrible care that I use to see in the VA (when compared to private hospitals).

  • cybermil Jul 28, 3:20 p.m.

    these senators really gull me, they can readily vote billions for war and foreign aid, but for us americans, "only if we can affort it". Are they bi-polar? I regret voting for her..but then, the opponent wasn't any better. The USA is headed to be a 3rd world country because of these "do gooders" for everyone, except americans.

  • streetfightinman Jul 28, 12:21 p.m.

    If you don't believe in the bill don't vote for it, kay hagan
    is a flip flopper, she says what you want to hear.

  • superman Jul 28, 12:03 p.m.

    Everything should be free in America. No one should have to work for a living. Free car, free house, free cell phone, free gold jewelry and most certainly cable tv should be free. Just keep giving everythiing away. People today have a sense of free entitlement. The old work ethic my parents taught me is no more.

  • foetine Jul 28, 11:29 a.m.

    as if Duke Hospital hasn't killed a few patients over the year from Doctors being idiots - what about the sterilizing stuff with elevator lubricant? Those people didn't get the best healthcare in the world from Duke.

    We're all doomed. Most modern medicine is a step above witch doctor antics with snake oil chasers

  • shep8851 Jul 28, 11:09 a.m.

    List of NC Congressional delegates telephone and fax numbers--they need to hear from as many people as possible--regardless of whether or not you live in a particular district.

    Phone DC FAX Electronic Correspondence
    Senator Richard Burr (R- NC)
    202-224-3154 202-228-2981
    Senator Kay Hagan (D- NC)
    202-224-6342 202-228-2563
    Representative G. K. Butterfield, Jr. (D - 01)
    202-225-3101 202-225-3354 Representative Bob Etheridge (D - 02) 202-225-4531 202-225-5662 Representative Walter B. Jones, Jr. (R - 03) 202-225-3415 202-225-3286 Representative David Price (D - 04) 202-225-1784 202-225-2014 Representative Virginia Foxx (R - 05) 202-225-2071 202-225-2995 Representative Howard Coble (R - 06) 202-225-3065 202-225-8611 Representative Mike McIntyre (D - 07) 202-225-2731 202-225-5773 Representative Larry Kissell (D - 08) 202-225-3715 202-225-4036 Representative Sue Myrick (R - 09) 202-225-1976 202-225-3389 Representative Patrick McHenry (R - 10) 202-225-2576 202-225-0316 Representat

  • gsmbaby19 Jul 28, 10:52 a.m.

    Remove the provision: "All non-US citizens, illegal or not, will be provided with free healthcare services" would be a good place to start reducing the cost. ~~~~ southern wisdom

    That particular provision is to pay off the Corporate hospital interests currently lobbying for this bill. See, they have to eat the expenses to care for all these people right now, so they WANT the government to pay up for these people because the government won't enforce its laws and keep the illegal population out of the country.

  • hi_i_am_wade Jul 28, 10:41 a.m.

    Kay Hagan is concerned over funding for socialized health care. Wade is concerned over quality of socialized health care.

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