CARY — North Carolina's two U.S. senators are ending the August congressional recess split on President Barack Obama's proposed health care overhaul. Sen. Richard Burr is an ardent free-market Republican strongly opposed to Obama's plan, while Sen. Kay Hagan is a Democratic moderate who is keeping her options open.
Continuing her political balancing act during a visit to the Triangle on Thursday, Hagan voiced support for Democratic-backed health care legislation that includes a community health initiative, a government-backed insurance option for people who can't or don't want to purchase private insurance.
But Hagan also expressed a willingness to compromise, underscoring why she has been the target of a major lobbying campaign by health-care partisans.
Asked whether she thought such a public option was necessary for health care overhaul, Hagan said she wants more details on the potential cost of such an option.
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Hagan said she was open to an alternative being pushed by some Democratic Senate moderates to allow states to set up health care co-ops patterned after electric co-ops.
"Having been a state senator for 10 years, I think states can do a good job at that," Hagan said after touring SAS, the Cary software company.
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