"The Obama administration has made near-immediate coverage for sick children a priority in its health-care overhaul. But shortly after the bill's passage last week, insurers contended that the law didn't require them to accept sick children until 2014.
The insurance industry's lobby, America's Health Insurance Plans, initially said the law meant only that they needed to cover treatments for sick children who already were customers.
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." http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303410404575152100463512126.html
How did the Government think that forcing us all into buying into the broken system, even with some fixes in place, would fix it? You can't stick a few bits of tape on a broken machine and expect it to magically start working. I would have been more in favor of an overhaul that threw out the old way and started over than in this "remodel it a little and force everyone to join at 40% higher rates than before" system. As long as health insurance is for-profit, it's gonna be corrupt, avoid delivering any care at all, and cheat people on the care they can get. Duh.