Katie Couric's Notebook: Children and Insurance

Tomorrow is the six-month anniversary of the Affordable Care Act - and the day the Patients Bill of Rights will be implemented. But today, insurance companies are letting the White House know they have rights, too.

A major sticking point is a provision that says children can't be turned down for coverage because of preexisting conditions. It's prompted half a dozen big insurance providers to stop issuing child-only policies. They fear many parents will only buy insurance after a child becomes sick - an expensive proposition that could bankrupt those plans or force companies to raise rates for all customers.

But, the White House is blasting back - saying insurers are making decisions on the backs of children.

This is likely just the first of many battles as the noble goal of universal health care collides with the universal goal of profitability.

If such plans existed, there'd be a run on coverage right now for growing pains.

That's a page from my notebook.

I'm Katie Couric, CBS News.

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