The Harvard Faculty Who Championed Obamacare Now Irate That It’s Raising Their Healthcare Costs


In the case of many Harvard professors, they got exactly what they wanted – healthcare reform that they publicly stated would lower costs nationwide.

But the Ivy League school’s faculty is learning the hard way that some things are just too good to be true. In the case of Obamacare, that reality is hitting them where it really hurts – in the wallet.

President Obama’s signature legislation was backed by the prestigious university’s health economics experts, The New York Times reports. But when that law came to be applied to the faculty at large, those experts weren’t exactly feeling the love.

A vote by the Arts and Sciences faculty “overwhelmingly” opposed expensive changes that would be applied to the university employees’ health insurance as a result of the Affordable Care Act.

The vote was too late to affect changes seen this month, NYTimes reports, and faculty are expressing their outrage.

Richard F. Thomas, a Harvard professor of classics and one of the world’s leading authorities on Virgil, called the changes “deplorable, deeply regressive, a sign of the corporatization of the university.”

Mary D. Lewis, a professor who specializes in the history of modern france and has led opposition to the benefit changes, said they were tantamount to a pay cut. “Moreover,” she said, “this pay cut will be timed to come at precisely the moment when you are sick, stressed or facing the challenges of being a new parent.”

The changes are described as “standard features of most employer-sponsored health plans” – meaning these faculty members are getting exactly what they prescribed every other employee in America should have.

Some professors, who probably aren’t winning many friends in the faculty lounge, have doubled down on their pro-Obamacare views, saying that although individuals may have to pay more for benefits, “cost-sharing” was integral to slowing health spending overall.

If the English Department needs to provide an excellent example of “irony,” they won’t have to look far.

Courtesy of IJ Review

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