This is what happens when Congress rushes things
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.
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.
However, if a child is accepted for coverage, or is already covered, the insurer cannot exclude payment for treating a particular illness, as sometimes happens now. For example, if a child has asthma, the insurance company cannot write a policy that excludes that condition from coverage. The new safeguard will be in place later this year.
Full protection for children would not come until 2014, said Kate Cyrul, a spokeswoman for the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, another panel that authored the legislation. That's the same year when insurance companies could no longer deny coverage to any person on account of health problems.
Yes, we're shaking our heads, as well. They were in such a hurry that they forgot the about the children (which the Left loves to use as an excuse or a prop in any of their shenanigans). What makes this so amusing is that everyone can now see just how incompetent this crew in DC actually is. I mean, how could they forget to make sure children were covered, too? The rationing that will surely come about from this law was designed to basically do away with the elderly whose health care costs are expensive due to their age and the problems they develop. And while the abortion funding is still in the bill, not even the Left would go for letting children that had been born and are alive today go without health coverage.
How could this happen? It happened because these fools rushed on this legislation. They didn't stop and work this out. They didn't open up the doors to the adults, er, I mean Republicans to have their input and oversight. They had an agenda from the start, and details like this weren't figured in.
For those who might still have a beef with the Republicans for what they did in the past, bury the hatchet already. Yeah, we need to get rid of the RINOs, but at the same time folks we need to get rid of these imbeciles in Congress. In November, let's remove the general incompetence from Capitol Hill.