Not even the worst critics of the Democratic health care plan could have known that a major blunder in the new law would have shown up this soon. According to the Associated Press:
Under the new law, 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 insurance company cannot write a policy that excludes that condition from coverage. The new safeguard will be in place later this year., the
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.
Unintentional, I'm sure. But in their rush to push through a 2,000-page "comprehensive" plan, it was inevitable that this kind of screw-up would happen. Anyone who cautioned that this could happen was called all kind of nasty names for bringing it up.
Bean's spokesman, Jonathan Lipman, said Friday that the lobbying in his office had not been intense because Bean had made it clear to congressional leaders that she wanted to read the bill and examine a Congressional Budget Office analysis on its cost before reaching a decision.
"She has said she wanted to do her due diligence," Lipman said, "and the (congressional) leadership has been very respectful."
Due diligence, my foot. Somehow in her reading the bill, she missed this promised centerpiece. Or did she actually read it before deciding to (here's a surprise) to vote yes. This is just another example of the mountain of b.s. that has been shoveled onto the public by the ardent supports of this "comprehensive" legislation.