Obama Plans 8-Point Health Pitch

Aims for clear message amid policy debate
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jul 29, 2009 9:45 AM CDT
In this March 5, 2009 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks at the White House Forum on Health Reform in the East Room of the White House in Washington.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, FILE)
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(Newser) – President Obama is taking a repackaged health care message on the road in North Carolina and Virginia today, where he'll unveil an eight-point plan intended to cut wonkish policy to the chase for voters. While the Washington Post can't come up with a catchy moniker for the plan, it lays out the highlights:

  • Insurance firms will be banned from discriminating based on pre-existing conditions.
  • The firms will face yearly limits on the out-of-pocket expenses they can require.
  • They’ll have to pay for preventive care in full.
  • They’ll be barred from gender discrimination
  • They won’t be allowed to alter coverage if policyholders become very ill.
  • They won’t be able to put yearly or lifetime limits on coverage.
  • Kids will qualify for family plans until they’re 26.
  • If policyholders pay their full premiums, insurance companies will have to renew policies.