Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Oh my! Obamacare does not cover pre-existing conditions for children until 2014!



I guess Democrats should have actually read the bill before they passed it. President Obama will have a hard time removing his foot from his mouth this time. He said as recently as Friday:
"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."


Now that Obamacare has passed, AP reported:

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...

Full protection for children would not come until 2014...

2 comments:

Jan said...

Your article is incorrect. Children are taken care of immediately! Adults in 2014:

"Health Insurers cannot deny children health insurance because of pre-existing conditions. A ban on the discrimination in adults will take effect in 2014. "

There are many, many more sources but a few I have handy:
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2010/03/21/us/health-care-reform.html

Top 18 Immediate Effects: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/03/22/health-reform-bill-summary_n_508315.html?ref=fb&src=sp#sb=642974,b=facebook

Video: the good the bad and the ugly from TYT: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sO6JXVBeBgs&feature=player_embedded

Anonymous said...

Children are NOT taken care of 'immediately'. And since the these 2 ladies actually know what was in the bill, I'd certainly believe them, or even Maxine, before the sources you've cited.