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Senator Kay Hagan rumored to be holding up health reform in key committee

Kay Hagan is on the US Senate’s Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP). This is one of the two key committees in health reform in the US Senate. This committee was expected to release a health reform plan this week, but rumor is that Senator Kay Hagan and another Senator are insisting on holding up consideration of the health reform bill because of the inclusion of a public plan option.

Why Hagan would not want to give her constituents another option for health insurance when the only place most of them can go is one NC company – North Carolina Blue Cross Blue Shield – is beyond me.

NC Blue insures 3.7 million people out of the 5 million with private health coverage in NC – and has a near monopoly on individual and small business coverage. We need more health insurance competition and options in NC, including a public option.

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