I’ve already commented on Pelosi’s arrogant statement regarding the content of the health care bill after it is passed (here).   The American public was correct, when 80% of the people said that Congress doesn’t know what’s in the bill.  After all the hoopla and champagne sipping, it is now being reported that major aspects which the White House triumphed as being cornerstones to the bill are not there.  <gasp>  I know.. what they were wrong?  Didn’t they read the bill?  This should come as no surprise to anyone watching these keystone cops.

Washington— 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.

Obama’s public statements have conveyed the impression that the new protections for kids were more sweeping and straightforward.

“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.”

They are promising to issue regulations through the Department of Health and Human Services to close loopholes which now exist.  Will this fix this oversight?  That is anybodies guess, but as the bill sits currently children without health care coverage may be waiting until 2014 to have health care.  Not bad right for 2,000+ page bill.. one minor glitch, even though it was one of the biggest promises the Obama made and Heir Nancy echoed.  Oh but wait… there is more….

Remember the heralded aspect of insuring children adults to age 26 under their parents policy?

The bill Obama signed leaves a giant loophole, one that will be fixed if the reconciliation bill now being debated in the Senate passes.

The law exempts current insurance policies from having to include coverage for the young adults.

Did anyone read this bill?  What other surprises are we in-store for with a bill that is over 4 reams of paper and was passed with much rhetoric?  They may fix these “oversights,” but one must question the competency of those who voted in favor of this bill.. what the he#$ are they doing?

Oh and Pete, my non-Representative Visclosky.. don’t worry we (your constituents) won’t hold any of these oversights against you .. we already KNOW YOU NEVER READ the BILLS.

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