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November 11, 2013

Sen. Hagan calls for probe of healthcare launch

U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, who has been taking heat from the GOP over her stance on the new healthcare law, is calling for the Government Accountability Office to investigate the problems that have accompanied the law's launch.

U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan plans to ask for an investigation into the launch of the new healthcare law saying the problems are “unacceptable.”

“These problems are simply unacceptable, and Americans deserve answers and swift solutions,” Hagan said in a draft letter first reported by Politico. “Taxpayers are owed a full and transparent accounting of how the vendors contracted to build the site failed to launch it successfully.”

The Greensboro Democrat plans to hold a teleconference Tuesday morning to discuss the letter. She is collecting signatures for the letter, which is to be sent to Government Accountability Office Comptroller General Gene Dodaro and Health and Human Services Inspector General Daniel Levinson. The letter asks for “complete, thorough investigation to determine the causes of the design and implementation failures of Healthcare.gov.”

Hagan’s actions come as Americans for Prosperity, a conservative advocacy group, is running a TV advertising campaign, criticizing her support for Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare. Hagan, who faces re-election next year, has been the subject of nearly daily criticism by Republicans, who see the health care legislation as a major political vulnerability for her.

Hagan also has signed a bill that would allow people to keep their existing health insurance plans under the new law.

Hagan wants the GAO and HHS to find out the responsibilities of the 55 contractors who worked on the site, how much they were paid, the size of the contracts, and why the contracts were only opened to a limited pool of bidders.

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