Obamacare has got an adversary the way it currently reads and that person is none other than Patrick J. Kennedy, one of the sons of the most famous senator from Massachusetts, Ted Kennedy, according to a September 29 New York Times piece.
Patrick has battled with depression and the bipolar illness himself, so he knows that anyone seeking to find help financially now for needed treatments in order to deal with the condition more successfully are going to be sorely disappointed with what they can expect from the Affordable Care Act. That's because Kennedy says Obama has delayed writing the mental health rules that insurance companies would have to follow.
What is especially troubling to Ted Kennedy's son is that he not only supported Pres. Obama in pursing the Affordable Care Act, he was one of its main backers, too. And now that he needs the law to help with his own personal condition, and that of many more with mental illness, he isn't going to be able to rely on it to do so.
Kennedy says that because Obama needs the help of "the private insurers to implement this law, or its not going to work," he has delayed to the last minute the pressing issue of writing what those insurers will have to do for the mentally ill. And that could mean hundreds of thousands of dollars in costs that the president fears they will balk at and withdraw support from.
The Times reports that the president has said he will draft the rules by year's end, but that is leaving little time for any negotiations between him and the private insurers, which appears to be the whole purpose behind the delay, and yet another negative aspect of the law: that it is being pushed without fair conversations in a timely matter about what it contains.
On October 1, the former congressman from Rhode Island, Patrick J. Kennedy, will be speaking at a local Patriots for Parity event in the Philadelphia City Hall Council Chambers from 6-8 p.m., and the session is expected to address the problems facing those with mental illness in face of the new Obamacare law that will officially begin on January 1.
And if a Kennedy who helped push for this legislation is not happy with it, then maybe those in the House who keep wanting it defunded are on to something too. After all, Ted Cruz was willing to stand up for 21 hours in opposition to it, and Ted Kennedy's son is willing to stand up today in Philadelphia and do the same thing.
Deceased Sen. Ted Kennedy's son Patrick speaks out against The Affordable Care Act as it stands right now, without necessary rules and guidelines to protect the mentally ill and provide them with needed coverages.
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