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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Every Child Left Behind

Oh, this is shocking:

Some of the country’s most prominent health insurance companies have decided to stop offering new child-only plans, rather than comply with rules in the new health-care law that will require such plans to start accepting children with preexisting medical conditions after Sept. 23.

The companies will continue to cover children who already have child-only policies. They will also accept children with preexisting conditions in new family policies.

Nonetheless, supporters of the new health-care law complain that the change amounts to an end run around one of the most prized consumer protections.

The liberals are aghast and surprised.  But every libertarian and conservative critic of Obamacare is, right now, saying, “I fucking told you so!” The Obama bill mandates coverage of children with pre-existing conditions but does not mandate that parents buy insurance for children.  So they can literally wait until their child is sick before buying insurance.  What did Obamacare’s supporters think was going to happen?

Actually, as Nancy Pelosi told us, they didn’t think about because they didn’t know what was in the bill before they passed it.  So now they’re scrambling around, foaming at the mouth and blaming the insurance companies for doing what they are supposed to do, which is protect the bottom line.  Private insurance ain’t no hippie commune.  Wait, that’s a bad comparison.  Even a hippie commune wouldn’t deliberately lose money.  Better example: private insurance ain’t no Fannie and Freddie.  They are answerable—to their investors and ultimately to the law.  They’ll allow people to enroll children in their family plans (and raise the rates to account for it).  But they’re not going to be issuing free healthcare passes.  Reality doesn’t work that way.

Posted by Hal_10000 on 09/22/10 at 10:51 AM in Health Care  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink
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