Health Overhaul Hasn't Cured White House Ailments

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This week marks six months since the health care overhaul law went into effect.

On Wednesday, President Obama will tell Americans what benefits the law can have for them right now. But it appears the political benefits of the measure have yet to materialize for the White House.

The administration assumed — and many political analysts did,  too — that once people got to know what was in the law, the measure would become more popular. And to make sure it did, the administration designed some things to go into effect right away.

In June, $250 drug rebate checks went out to seniors.

The president will announce that as of Thursday, insurers must allow young people up to age 26 to remain on their parents' policies.

And insurers can no longer charge copayments for preventive care or impose lifetime limits on coverage.

But the bill is still unpopular.

Democrats, who were assured that their vote for the law would help them this fall, are not campaigning on it. Only those Democrats who were against it are calling attention to their votes.

The president will deliver his remarks at the home of an ordinary American who has been helped by the measure, and he'll meet at the White House with state insurance commissioners.

He wants them to help make sure that insurers who are currently raising their rates don't succeed in convincing voters the law is to blame for the higher cost of premiums.

Meanwhile, Republicans are promising to repeal the law if they are in the majority next year.



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