"This is a patient's bill of rights on steroids," the president said Friday at George Mason University in Virginia. "Starting this year, thousands of uninsured Americans with pre-existing conditions will be able to purchase health insurance, some for the very first time. Starting this year, insurance companies will be banned forever from denying coverage to children with pre-existing conditions."
Except, Mr. President, insurance companies won’t be denied from denying coverage to kids with pre-existing conditions. Perhaps you would have been wise to adhere to your promise to put the bill up online for 5 days before signing it so people could read it. I mean, at least someone would then read it. It’s obvious that you or anyone in congress, for that matter, couldn’t be bothered to.
The AP reports:
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.