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Obama agenda: Health care's six-month anniversary

“On Thursday, the six-month anniversary of the signing of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a number of its most central consumer protections take effect, just in time for the midterm elections,” the New York Times says. Starting now, insurance companies will no longer be permitted to exclude children because of pre-existing health conditions, which the White House said could enable 72,000 uninsured to gain coverage. Insurers also will be prohibited from imposing lifetime limits on benefits. The law will now forbid insurers to drop sick and costly customers after discovering technical mistakes on applications. It requires that they offer coverage to children under 26 on their parents’ policies.”

"President Obama told a Cabernet-sipping crowd of Democratic donors on Wednesday night that his more disheartened fans should give up the whine," the New York Daily News reports. "'We cannot lose heart. We cannot give up,' Obama said at the Roosevelt Hotel, where a reception and dinner shook loose $1.4 million for the party's uphill struggle in the midterm congressional elections."

Roll Call on Obama's fundraiser last night: "Obama Uses Interruptions to Underscore Rallying Cry for Party."

Today, Treasury Secretary Geithner will deliver a speech defending TARP. “This is not just our program to eulogize. The Bush Administration started the job. We finished it. And stabilizing the financial system is not just our success to tout.”