No Pre-Existing Coverage: The Perils of Not Reading the Bill Before Voting on It
To the embarrassment of the Obama administration it was revealed today that Children with preexisting conditions are not covered in the great Obama Legislation passed signed on Monday. All of the geniuses’ in Obama’s administration and the Congress missed the fact that “The Children” who were the reason we had to pass it were not covered!
I am not writing this just to make fun of the best and the brightest but to give the Republicans in the Senate something to think of tomorrow and the next day when they are looking for something to change the legislation to send it back to the house.
Today Senator Coburn tried to pass a bill called “No Erectile Dysfunction Drugs to Sex Offenders” it would prohibit convicted child molesters, rapists, and sex offenders from getting erectile dysfunction medication from their health care providers and the Democrats defeated it! Yes it was a bill to force the Senate to change the Houses bill enough to send it back to the house to be voted on again, and the cause is a worthy one.
I have read that a bill offering universal coverage be introduced to get the liberals all worked up to vote to send it back to the house be introduced by the GOP. I have a better idea. The GOP should offer an amendment to cover children with preexisting conditions to be covered by a federal government with the high risk pool coverage put forth by John McCain. The American Spectator put it this way
“McCain’s proposal on high-risk pools was meant as a substitute for taking the drastic step of imposing such regulations at the federal level, which distorts the entire insurance market to address a problem that affects a small percentage of Americans. Requiring coverage of pre-existing conditions is popular in isolation, but inevitably leads to skyrocketing premiums, which leads to an individual mandate forcing healthy people into the insurance pool, which leads to subsidies, which leads to higher taxes. But regardless what side of this debate you’re on, the reality is that Democrats didn’t adopt the high-risk pool idea to incorporate Republican ideas; it’s just something to hold people over until the regulatory regime takes over in 4 years. (And remember, the reason they delayed implementation so long was that by postponing the bill’s major spending provisions, they made the legislation appear cheaper over the Congressional Budget Office’s 10-year budget window).”
I understand the risk, but the Democrats can’t afford to send this legislation back to the house again. What if the Republicans in the Senate proposed the children’s preexisting condition bill and the Democrats couldn’t vote for it? Imagine what the amendment could include? But mostly imagine how stupid the Democrats would look if they voted against something they swore was in their bill that they forgot to put in? Nancy and Harry you are idiots. It would be beautiful if done right.