Friday, January 7, 2011

New GOP Rep. Against Mandated Health Insurance For Children

Diane Black, new Republican congresswoman from Tennessee, is opposed to mandating health insurance companies to cover children, since it's bad for business:

Rep. Black: There is a mandate there that insurance companies must insure children up to the age of 24, and what we have found is that there are a lot of insurance companies that are just saying we’re not going to be in this business any longer, because we know that we can’t survive if that’s what we’re going to do. And the second piece of that was to insure children regardless of their health care history, and as a result of that, I know several health care insurance agents in my district who have said we’re just dropping any insurance for children whatsoever.

Black's ignorance is clear. The law covers children up to 26, not 24–and "dropping insurance" is now illegal. Black regrets those humane provisions and wants to reinstate denial of coverage due to "pre-existing conditions." Recall Representative Michele Bachmann (R-MN), who was opposed to the public option because it would be bad for private health insurance. For the Republicans, insurance profits outweigh the well-being of children. And what is insurance for if it only covers the healthy?

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