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O-Care Makes Colleges Kill Student Coverage

From Fox News:

Students suffer ObamaCare sticker shock as premiums soar, plans get cut

November 18, 2013

While millions of Americans are watching their individual polices get canceled due to ObamaCare regulations, the new health care rules are also having a major impact on college campuses.

For decades, universities and colleges have offered students bare-bones policies. But because of the Affordable Care Act, those policies no longer cut it – and universities are forced to decide whether to offer significantly higher-cost plans or cancel coverage altogether…

At Bowie State University in Maryland, the cost of student health insurance policies went from roughly $100 a year to $1,800 a year.

And Bowie State University is an ‘historically black college’! Where is the outrage? (Still, one wonders where the ‘historically white colleges’ are?)

The cancelled plan offered $5,000 worth of medical coverage to students for just $54 per semester. University administrators said an acceptable replacement under the Affordable Care Act would have cost $900 per semester, a 1,500 percent increase…

The sticker shock didn’t sit well with some students who spoke out against the price hike. “You’ve haven’t done anything Obama and I am disappointed in you,” one student said. Another told Campus Reform, “We don’t have that money. We can barely afford books.”

The frustration has been felt across the country as colleges and universities have to decide whether to cut coverage or offer sky-high plans that in some cases triple the cost of premiums.

In New Jersey, students who enrolled in this past semester were the first class that had to shoulder the higher premium costs. Many community colleges in Bergen and Passaic counties were forced to cut student coverage altogether.

In Cranford, N.J., Stephen Nacco, the Union County Community College Vice President of Administrative Services, says the cost of health insurance is now “more than a thousand dollars per students and that it is dramatically different” than what it had been in the past…

According to the New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities, students at nine schools in the state saw the cost of their policies triple, Paul Shelly, a spokesman for the organization told North Jersey.com.

It’s been a similar story across most of the country. ..

In the past, students at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kan., were offered a one-year plan that cost students $445, with payouts capping at $10,000. For the 2012-2013 academic year, the payout cap was increased to $100,000 per the new health care overhaul, which meant students at Bethany would have to shell out more than $2,000 for coverage. It apparently was too much in the end…

Administrators at Lenoir-Rhyne University in North Carolina, Cornell College in Iowa and the University of Puget Sound in Washington also told students they would be dropping school-sponsored coverage. The three schools say student premiums would have gone up 10-fold.

These students need to look on the bright side. Now they will get birth control pills for free! That is, if they can afford to get on Obama-Care.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, November 19th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “O-Care Makes Colleges Kill Student Coverage”

  1. mr_bill says:

    $5000 isn’t much coverage, but then again $54/semester isn’t much of a premium. When you think about it, though, it makes sense. These are young, mostly healthy people. They don’t need much coverage. When I was in school, I went to the doctor a couple times a year for the sore throat here or some other mundane ailment that only needed a quick look from a doctor and the proper medication. My guess is that 95% of students had/have similar needs. Just because they don’t offer prostate exams, the plans are no longer available. What sense does that make? For the government to arbitrarily decide that something sensible is illegal, that’s tyranny. We all know that obamacare needs young, healthy people to subsidize those who are not as healthy, in order for the system to function. That reliance is predicated upon the removal of choice, under the threat of the IRS. When will the media refer to this as “anti-choice” or “the war on the young” or anything else that exposes this plan for the thuggery that it is?

    I would love to see nerobama try to give a straight answer a simple question from any citizen: “I had a plan that I liked. It covered my needs at a price that was reasonable to me. It wasn’t some ‘bad apple’ policy. Why did you and your democrat party make my plan illegal?

  2. Rusty Shackleford says:

    “When you make healthcare illegal, only illegals will have healthcare”

    Or something.

  3. Mithrandir says:


    Don’t democrats do everything possible to flummox, destroy, ruin, break, and erode the things they don’t like, such as traditional marriage, public schools, and the 2nd Amendment? Isn’t that what Rules for Radicals taught them? Isn’t that what Cloward-Piven was designed to do?

    WHY ON GOD’S GREEN EARTH should Republicans lift a finger to fix or negotiate something that would help Obamacare? Why? In fact, why aren’t they doing everything possible to undermine it, and see its collapse? THEY DO! And, on top of all of it, it’s blatantly unconstitutional to have the federal government in charge of medical care. Not even to go on a tirade that these people are wholly unfit to administer anything fairly or efficiently to anyone.

    Undermine it. The same way they sneakily undermine our institutions, and destroy them, even if it is “the law of the land.”

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