Wednesday, March 24, 2010
It's been only three days since the House passed the health care bill, but that's all the time it took to find out the bill isn't all it was heralded to be. Of course, most Americans knew that anyway, which is one reason the majority of us were vehemently against this government takeover from the start.
It has now come to light that one of Obama's major talking points may have been just that--talk.
The Associated Press reports:
And Saturday, addressing House Democrats as they approached a make-or-break vote on the bill, Obama said, "This year ... parents who are worried about getting coverage for their children with pre-existing conditions now are assured that insurance companies have to give them coverage — this year."
Hours after President Barack Obama signed historic health care legislation, a potential problem emerged. Administration officials are now scrambling to fix a gap in highly touted benefits for children.Read more here.
Obama made better coverage for children a centerpiece of his health care remake, but it turns out the letter of the law provided a less-than-complete guarantee that kids with health problems would not be shut out of coverage.
Under the new law, insurance companies still would be able to refuse new coverage to children because of a pre-existing medical problem, said Karen Lightfoot, spokeswoman for the House Energy and Commerce Committee, one of the main congressional panels that wrote the bill Obama signed into law Tuesday.
I have a not-so-funny feeling this won't be the first "oops" in the bill. What will they discover next, death panels?