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Senate Democrat says 'we all knew' Obamacare would cancel current plans

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New York Democrat Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand explained that President Obama didn't mislead her with his "if you like your plan, you can keep it" pledge, because "we all knew" that it wasn't true.

"He should have just been specific," Gillibrand said Sunday on ABC. "[W]e all knew, the whole point of the plan is to cover things people need, like preventive care, birth control, pregnancy. How many women the minute they get pregnant might risk their coverage? How many women paid more because of their gender because they might get pregnant? Those are the reforms ..."

Gillibrand's admission might be embarrassing to some of her Senate colleagues who face difficult re-election campaigns in states that voted for Mitt Romney.

Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., for instance, assured voters that “if you like the insurance that you have, you'll be able to keep it.” Now she's pushing a bill "to keep the promise."

House Democrats also knew that Obamacare would cancel current plans. “We knew that there would be some policies that would not qualify and therefore people would be required to get more extensive coverage,” Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., the House Democratic whip, told National Review.

Another House Democrat decided to rebrand the cancellations: The "so-called cancellation notices" merely "help people transition to a new policy," Rep. Sander Levin, D-Mich., told reporters Oct. 29.

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