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  • Not So Fast, Kid

    That was what Speaker Pelosi said on March 10, 2010.

    One day after the Senate’s mammoth, 2,700-page health bill became law, the Associated Press has discovered the legislation doesn’t deliver on a key promise.

    Despite repeated assurances that the measure would provide immediate health coverage for children with pre-existing medical conditions, it doesn’t.

    Just two days before the crucial House vote, at his nationally televised pep rally for the bill, President Obama promised: “Starting this year, insurance companies will be banned forever from denying coverage to children with pre-existing conditions.”

    Meeting with House Democrats the next day, he forcefully reiterated the claim:

    This year … parents who are worried about getting coverage for their children with pre-existing conditions now are assured that insurance companies have to give them coverage — this year.

    You’ll recall that, on March 10, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced:

    We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.

    It seems even the president had to wait until after passage to find out what was really in the bill.  Turns out, some kids with pre-existing conditions will have to wait, too.  Another four years.  The iron-clad guarantee of coverage won’t kick in until then.

    Notes the Associated Press:  “Full protection for children would not come until 2014, said Kate Cyrul, a spokeswoman for the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee…. That’s the same year when insurance companies could no longer deny coverage to any person on account of health problems.”

    For more on the false promises and flawed premises of Obamacare, please visit FixHealthCarePolicy.com.

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    18 Responses to Not So Fast, Kid

    1. Sandra, California says:

      I am strongly opposed to Obamacare, even though I do not as yet have a full knowledge of what is contained in this legislation. But I am also in favor of providing children, with or without pre-existing conditions, the health insurance they need. I honestly do not have the best answer to this dilemma. My overriding gut-think, however, has more to do with how this abominable legislation will financially affect these same children who will eventually become adults. Unless this 'law' is repealed, the next generation will be forced to support a system that is akin to outright communism. They will never taste the freedom that we, as the current 'incumbent American adults' have enjoyed for most of our lives.

      My husband and I have eight children and twenty-four grandchildren. We feel more than merely disheartened about the passage of Obamacare. We are rightly enraged about its passage into 'law.' The principle of American rule of law has been greatly undermined, and the overall tragedy is that our little ones do not at this time have any idea what madness awaits them in the future.

    2. Billie says:

      this bill, filled with lies, bias, discrimination, deception, fraud is not what the people were led to expect according to his campaign propaganda or speeches as the left would call them. It's set up to be a failure.

      Was the child being neglected care at the time of diagnosis?

      What reasons were parents denying their children health care in the first place? In other words, what of basic necessity to survive would they have to give up to have health insurance? I bet they'd just have to give up some of what isn't basic.

      This grievance of denial of pre-existing conditions is distorted. Along with this primped up "urgency" for health care, insinuating the fraud of "without it you'll die." If people saw it as a priority, they would've done the responsible thing and give up the house they couldn't afford in the first place, make responsible choices and stop the government from making them look so weak.

      This is government made crisis, with fraud, deception and corruption through and through. Health is the most important aspect of individual lives of existence. Why would the government find it so necessary to take control of it unless it was something sinister?

    3. Barbara Frances Delo says:

      Sadly this President seems more focused on manipulating the numbers to please the CBO and crafting the rhetoric to manipulate the public, than taking a principled approach.

      Although while trying to keep my grades up for law school, I have not had the time to read every page of every version of the H'care bills, the parts I have read seemed to clearly shift monies from longterm and eldercare ( nursing homes and medicare) to inner city projects like wellness programs and 'social security office' type centers to help the folks figure out and hook into the system. It clearly seemed like a redistributive bill that would place economic rationing of care on some lives to benefit others.

    4. MJF, CT says:

      Ahh yes! "We must pass this bill because people are dying….." but they forget to add the children! This is why government projects never work – because incompetence runs wild in Washington DC.

    5. Bill, Kansas City, M says:

      Just another lie in the long string of liars coming out of Washington. Get rid of all of them, Democrats and Republican, and get people that will abide by the will of the people.

    6. Mrs. Nelma B. Bowers says:

      RE: John Dingle's remark that it will take some time to "control the people"

      is a "hair raising" remark. We the people are much much more than

      upset with the attitude that our Democrates in Congress have about over-

      ruleing what most of "the people" want and do not want in this bill

      they just passed. We really don't like the underhanded way they did it.

      I am so thankful that fifteen of the States ' Attorney-generals are

      bringing law suites for "We The People". I am 79 years old—I have always had high respect for Congress.

    7. Lloyd Scallan - New says:

      It has been only 2 days since Obama signed his Obamacare. Already, we are starting to learn just a few of the atrocities that the socialist crafters into this

      take over of our health care system. We are seeing that many of the Dems that voted YES, has no idea as to what in this bill. Things that will effect every aspect of our lives is deliberately hidden deep within the 2,000 plus pages. Pelosi was right. Now we are starting to realize just what has been forced down our throats. By the time November rolls around, I pray we will not forget what we learn in the next few weeks.

    8. Jeanne Stotler Woodb says:

      I've worked in Hospitals that accept medicaid patients and those who are self paid as well as those insured. I HAVE NEVER seen a difference in the care rendered. The statement that so many die because they are uninsured is just not true at least not on medical services rendered. Is it true because a large amount of those without insurance live life styles that put them at risk?, YES, is it true that some people wether they have Ins. or not postpone going to a dctor until too late? YES Is it true doctors, hospitals and nurses treat tese people different? NO NO NO, I was brought up with the theory that I and I alone am responsible fr the choices I would make. I raised 9 children, while I am anurse I told them you do not run to a doctor for every little thing. ER's are for emergencies not to treat the common cold and viruses. My children saw the ER for sutures when M.D.'s office was closed or a broken bone that needed to be casted. An ear ache can wait until Mon.a cough can be treated OTC etc. WE ARE NOT suppose to financially responsible for those who CHOOSE a route to distruction. I worked hard for my education and to support my family after my husband died, I PAID into Medicare and Social security and now BHO wants me to do with less so those who didn't work hard and those who came here illigally can reap benefits from My and other SRs. hard work. Alot of Sr. Cit. will be moving to other countries, Costa Rica is looking real good.

    9. Greg B. Vail, AZ says:

      Isn't such care provided for in schip? What is the children's health care program for if it is not going to care for kids?

    10. Drew Page, IL says:

      There is ample precedent for President Obama finding out what's in a bill after he signs it into law.

      Was it all that long ago when President Obama, in one of his press conferences, said that he joined the American public in outrage, condemning the "outrageous bonuses" being paid to AIG executives following their $180 billion bailout? Shortly thereafter, Mr. Obama was reminded that the payment of these bonuses was called for in the Stimulus bill he had just signed.

      If he doesn't know what's in a bill until after he signs it, why should we?

    11. Normca says:

      The Children Health Insurance Program was expanded to ages 26 by the democrats a year ago. It is called S C H I P. Where does it all end ? No one dies because of the lack of health care in this great country. Who pays the hospitals back for patients who cut their finger and go to the emergency room ? People are card for – the hospital does not turn anyone away. No one dies who asks for help. Watch your checking account – Obama now can deduct premium from it, watch the fat content at a fast food restaurant, the kind of cars we drive, the light bulbs in our homes, the TV we buy, and your employer could be targeted by the pay czar and what else is coming ? And they said George Bush was monitoring your phone calls. Just who is it that sticks their head in our business?

    12. Rick says:

      Well, maybe they couldn't get coverage for children with pre-existing conditions right, but they did get McDonald's to tell us how many calories are in our Big Macs … nationwide.

      How did that "sneak" into the Health Care Reform Act? NPR did not find it until after the bill passed.

      Maybe it was part of the Student Loan bill that got folded in?

    13. laura henning says:

      It's obvious from Obama's past comments that he is–in the best case scenario–not only uninformed about the contents of health care bill but also about the intricacies of health care insurance and the economics of medical care.

    14. Sam, WI says:

      In regards to the four year peiod before this kicks in, I'd like to quote CANADIAN Supreme Court Justice Beverly McLachlin: "Access to a waiting list is not access to health care."

    15. Caralynn, Kansas says:

      "Ooops." I think Obama said that too.

    16. Jim from the 57th st says:

      Anyone with knowledge of the workings of government should have run from this as soon as they saw it was 2700 pages! 2700 pages of legalese on any topic will benefit no one, save the attorneys, who will go to dinner on it for decades.

      It will take 15 years for the dust to settle on this and for people to know what it really means, and when that happens it will be too late!! And don't think for a minute the architects did not know it.

    17. David says:

      Actually it's just a NEW interpretation by the insurance companies. Of course the insurance companies don't want to cover sick kids. Regardless, there's no reason for Congress or the administration to rely upon regulations to clarify this. Pass a new stand-alone bill. Fast-track it. See who in Congress is willing to stand with insurers and deny coverage to sick children. I wonder how many republicans would stand against this bill?

    18. David says:

      @Jim, are you an idiot? Wow, 2700 pages for 1/6th of the U.S. economy, wowy wow wow, that sure is a lot. It will probably be twice that when all is said and done and Obama wins re-election in 2012 despite the idiot rabble saying stupid things like this for months.

    19. Jill, California says:

      Obama's promises have always been empty ones. Anyone who paid attention during the 2008 campaign could see that. How many times did that phony say, "I welcome that debate with John McCain," then run from John McCain's invitations to debate?

      Listen to what he does, not what he says. Then you'll know the truth. Judge him by his actions more so than by his words.

      Obama has promised to pay for his healthcare program by cutting waste, fraud, and abuse from Medicare. It will never happen. Were he capable of or committed to cutting waste, fraud, and abuse, he would have proven it by first cutting waste, fraud, and abuse in Congress and the White House. Under his leadership, however, waste, fraud, and abuse will "necessarily skyrocket" in government.

      As for his promises to care for children with preexisting illnesses, that might happen someday for children whose illnesses are relatively inexpensive to treat. But don't count on it for children with devastating and expensive illnesses. Obama's death panels will decide it's not a good investment.

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