The health care bill, like any massive, comprehensive “reform” effort, has always been marked by the contradictions inherent in any such attempt. Anyone with common sense realizes you can’t demand both more coverage, while keeping costs down as well. The fact that there are unintended consequences is not only predictable, but inevitable.
Reason reports on the attempts to “fix” what has been one of many casualties of the PPACA, child-only insurance policies. These policies are designed to fill a relatively small gap in the insurance market - children who cannot obtain coverage from parents but are also above the qualifications for Medicaid. As a consequence of the legislation requiring coverage for all “pre-existing conditions” these policies are now not being written.
Of course, instead of realizing that bad law creates entirely new problems, legislators in several states are now rushing to address this new hole. Not by fixing the poorly-designed law, of course; but by introducing entirely new law that will carry with it its own side effects. In Texas, one legislator has filed a bill that would require insurers to issue policies to anyone under 19. While he’s at it, why not throw in a free puppy as well?