In response to the fact that some health insurance companies stopped issuing child-only health policies because under ObamaCare's rules they had to issue policies to children regardless of pre-exisiting conditions — meaning parents could wait until their children were sick or injured and then enroll them, essentially mandating that insurance companies lose money on children's insurance — the Obama administration has reinterpreted the new healthcare law and said insurance companies may consider pre-existing conditions in issuing insurance until 2014, when issurers will be required to accept all applicants regardless of pre-existing conditions.
On October 11, former President Bill Clinton appeared in Binghamton, New York, to campaign for Representative Maurice Hinchey, the Democratic incumbent in New York’s 22nd Congressional District. There, Clinton faced a barrage of heckles after he offensively claimed that half of Republicans today need psychiatric help and that Republicans are guilty of misunderstanding the Democratic agenda.
On Wednesday, October 13, United States authorities announced the biggest fraudulent enterprise in Medicare history. A group of Armenian gangsters set up “phantom” healthcare clinics, as well as a variety of other measures, with the intent to cheat Medicare out of $163 million. Thus far, 73 associates have been indicted, 53 have been arrested, and seven suspects remain on the run.
Marxism and evolution were among the topics raised in a wide-ranging and frequently contentious nationally televised debate in Newark, Delaware, on Wednesday night, October 13, between Senate candidates Chris Coons, a Democrat, and Republican Christine O'Donnell. O'Donnell, who once called evolution "a myth," said her beliefs about the origin of the species are irrelevant to her Senate candidacy, while Coons denied he had been a "bearded Marxist" in his college days.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare, mandates that insurance companies cover a variety of preventive services at no out-of-pocket cost, thanks to an amendment sponsored by Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.).