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.