This all could have been avoided if the bill hadn't been so watered down and had a strong public option in it. It took the insurance companies one week to find a loophole for themselves. I am not sure we can call this a loophole, though. When the bill is centered around not implementing all of its benefits at one time, putting off actually forcing companies to cover children until 2014, what was supposed to happen? Did anyone think this wouldn't happen? This is the problem I had, and still have, with the bill.
“The concept that insurance companies would even seek to deny children coverage exemplifies why we fought for this reform,” said Representative Henry A. Waxman, Democrat of California and chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee.
Are you fucking serious? You fought for reform so that the healthcare companies, whose sole purpose is to make money and now has complete control of the healthcare industry thanks to this bullshit bill, can continue screwing over the public? Anyone who takes Waxman seriously about this is off their rocker. If they were really concerned about making sure the children were going to be covered, they wouldn't have put the date of compliance at 2014.
Now the companies have agreed to comply with the wishes of the White House. Are they not a merciful lot of overlords?
It does not matter whether if the insurance companies try to help the kids or not. This bill should have never been allowed to be crafted by the insurance industry. This is just the beginning. I am going to predict that we are going to see a lot more of bullshit like this. The next stop is going to be massive rate increases to cover all of the sick people that they don't have to cover yet.