This is what health care reform looks like when done by the professionals.
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.
At the White House, Obama repeated the promise he made to a cheering crowd at Arcadia University in Glenside two weeks ago. "This year," Obama said yesterday, "young adults will be able to stay on their parents' policies until they're 26 years old."
Good news to Quick, but at least for the moment, the president's promise may be premature.
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.
What do Obama and the Democrats have against kids anyway? It's like they were just props to be used to push health care reform.
With what has transpired so far, we can have complete confidence that they'll get it right this time. Uh huh. Yes We Can!
Well. Obama has described himself this way:
"I serve as a blank screen on which people of vastly different political stripes project their own views..."
As it turns out, so does his health care bill.
Bet you didn't see this photo of Obama signing his signature legislation: