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By Jessica Zigmond and Rich Daly

Move over Hallmark—Mom's got a health reform card

By Rich Daly

What's more endearing than mom and motherhood?

How about a federal law that creates and distributes Happy Mother's Day wishes.

In the latest marketing idea from a White House team still scrambling to improve the public's approval of the healthcare overhaul two years after its enactment, comes a heartwarming description of future benefits the law hopes to offer:

“Happy Mother's Day From

The Affordable Care Act

Being a Mom isn't a pre-existing condition

It's a joy

Prior to the passage of the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies could deny coverage for women with pre-existing conditions like breast cancer or pregnancy, and women could be charged higher premiums simply because of their gender.

Starting in 2014, it will be illegal to deny coverage to anyone with a pre-existing condition, or charge women more than men for health insurance.”

The statute also might want to send some of the cards to members of the Supreme Court. The justices weighing the constitutionality of the law's existence may not be aware of either its mom-related elements or that the law apparently has attained self-awareness.

Follow Rich Daly on Twitter @MHRDaly.

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