Obama made better coverage for children a centerpiece of his health care remake, but it turns out the letter of the law provided a less-than-complete guarantee that kids with health problems would not be shut out of coverage.
Under the new law, insurance companies still would be able to refuse new coverage to children because of a pre-existing medical problem, said Karen Lightfoot, spokeswoman for the House Energy and Commerce Committee, one of the main congressional panels that wrote the bill Obama signed into law Tuesday.
Full protection for children would not come until 2014, said Kate Cyrul, a spokeswoman for the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, another panel that authored the legislation.
Obama's public statements have conveyed the impression that the new protections for kids were more sweeping and straightforward.
Also: Obama's public statements have also conveyed the equally-false impression that the President has a clue about what's actually in his signature legislation, but you can't really expect the AP to write that out. Although one gets the impression that the thought might have actually passed through the head of the writer. Which would be an improvement, at least.
Anyway, you'd think that at this point the President would have the mother-wit to check the speeches that they hand to him. He just doesn't like to learn, does he?
Crossposted to Moe Lane.