Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Health Insurers to Pay for Pre-Exist'g/Children

Noted by JustOneMinute:

Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of Health and Human Services, sent AHIP president Karen Ignagni a letter Monday pledging to issue new regulations in coming weeks to clarify that insurers must take applications from sick children starting in September. "Now is not the time to search for non-existent loopholes that preserve a broken system," Ms. Sebelius said.

AHIP said de-linking the requirement to insure sick children from the law's mandate that everyone buy health-insurance coverage, which goes into effect in 2014, could drive up prices in the meantime. But the group said it would do whatever HHS tells it to do.

In fact, QueenNancy, the Legislative Genius, wrote the law poorly and there WAS a 'loophole' in the coverage mandate.

But health-insurers (like utilities---hint, hint, hint) don't give a rat's patoot about coverage mandates because so long as ALL of them operate under the same mandate, there will be no price competition at all.

IOW, bend over and begin to kiss.


M.Z. said...

Little kids getting medical treatment. That sure makes me feel like I'm bending over. *rolls eyes* Oh the inhumanity!

Disgruntled Car Salesman said...

Bend over to the tune of a 20% hike in my insurance to continue to subsidize every other useless wasteoid out there who doesn't really feel like purchasing the right insurance policy in the first place.

Oh, but you don't give a shit, you're probably uninsured as it is. Or, maybe, you have a nice plan that is funded by the... well... me.

J. Strupp said...

Who are the useless wastetoids DCS?

Poor people or black people?

TerryN said...

Couldn't be irresponsible people couldn't it Strupp.

Probably because irresponsible people don't recognize their own deficiencies.

Dan said...

Why are you such a racist,Strupp? Been in the KKK lately?

J. Strupp said...

Maybe that's what meant Terry.


TerryN said...


Disgruntled Car Salesman said...

So I'm racist now? Strupp, where was it that I implied this?

How about the guy I work with who makes $40k/year and has the ability to buy insurance, but chooses not to. This same guy who could've paid $220/month for insurance, like I do, chose not to. Clearly, he could afford it.

What happens? He develops a condition, insurance carriers won't pick him up because of it, and thus racks up medical bills.

Those medical bills would've been covered, but HE WAS AN IRRESPONSIBLE WASTEOID who chose not to INSURE himself against the possibility of becoming ill.

Now, he can't pay his bills and thsoe costs will be absorbed by RESPONSIBLY insured people like me who pay their bills.

THOSE wasteoids, Struppster.

Disgruntled Car Salesman said...