If you’re still confused about who now runs the U.S. health care system, this should clarify things. Health insurers have been reading the recently-passed Obamacare legislation in an attempt to divine what it actually requires them to do.
And it turns out that the Obamacare bill doesn’t actually require them to sell insurance to children with pre-exiting conditions. But the Secretary of HHS has informed them that the law says what she says it says:
I am preparing to issue regulations in the weeks ahead ensuring that the term ‘pre-existing exclusion’ applies to both a child’s access to a plan and to his or her benefits once he or she is in the plan.
In other words, it doesn’t matter what’s actually in the legislation passed by Congress and signed by Obama. Sebelius is serving notice that the law of the land is determined not by Congress and the President, but by the appatchiks of HHS.