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Academics Encounter Sticker Shock From Obamacare
Accuracy in Academia ^ | February 12, 2018 | Malcolm A. Kline

Posted on 02/13/2018 12:01:42 PM PST by Academiadotorg

And predictably put the blame somewhere else. "Also, the premium increases for health insurance they want from us will cost us about $600,000 every year," Martin Kich of Wright State University writes on the academe blog maintained by the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) in a broadside against his university's administration. "Right now, we pay about $1.8 million."

"$600,000 more would be a 33% increase! On top of higher premiums, they want to cut health benefits via increased co-pays, increased out-of-pocket maximums, and increased coinsurance. Needless to say, cuts such as these harm people who are already sick, defeating the purpose of insurance. And these cuts will fall more heavily on the lower-paid faculty. This is the plan they want us to accept! All told the cuts they want from us would save the administration $2.1 million every year--would cost us $2.1 million every year, the equivalent of a 4% cut in pay to the Bargaining Unit as a whole–-and to repeat, the majority of the cuts will fall on people who are sick, and for low paid faculty it will be a double whammy."

To be sure, many of Kich's claims about WU's overseers are probably legitimate. We've certainly encountered empire-building administrations before and frequently written about them. Yet and still, every particular he lays out about the increase in health care costs and the decrease in actual coverage has been an experience the rest of us in the non-academic world have been experiencing since, well, since Obamacare's mandates went into effect, when, to paraphrase Nancy Pelosi, we found out what's in it.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; US: Ohio
KEYWORDS: 0carenightmare; academia; obamacare; obamacarepremiums
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Nancy Pelosi was right: We did have to pass it to find out what's in it, and some of us learned later than others.
1 posted on 02/13/2018 12:01:42 PM PST by Academiadotorg
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To: Academiadotorg

If you like your insanity, you can keep your insanity..................


2 posted on 02/13/2018 12:05:08 PM PST by Red Badger (Wanna surprise? Google your own name. Wanna have fun? Google your friends names......)
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I just want them to “pay their fair share”!


3 posted on 02/13/2018 12:06:32 PM PST by gnickgnack2 ( Another bad day for Trump, he only got seven major things accomplished .)
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To: Academiadotorg

I wish that I had only seen an increase of 33% this past year. FUBO. FUNP.


4 posted on 02/13/2018 12:10:39 PM PST by 21twelve
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To: Academiadotorg

I have 100% VA coverage but considered signing up for Medicare for convenience. The rule is if you had employer provided insurance when you became eligible for Medicare there is no penalty. Well, guess what. VA coverage is not acceptable insurance. That means a 10% penalty. For me that would mean an 80% increase in premiums...for life! I won’t be signing up for Medicare


5 posted on 02/13/2018 12:13:32 PM PST by Terry Mross (Liver spots And blood thinners..)
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To: 21twelve

They must not have an economics program at WSU......

You can’t cover more people for more things without the cost going up.....says every 5th grader.


6 posted on 02/13/2018 12:15:55 PM PST by PSUGOP
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To: Academiadotorg

Weren’t they listening when Gruber explained this would happen?


7 posted on 02/13/2018 12:17:53 PM PST by Brilliant
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“Weren’t they listening when Gruber explained this would happen?”

Nah, they were too busy kissing Obama’s backside.


8 posted on 02/13/2018 12:22:59 PM PST by bk1000 (I stand with Trump)
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To: Academiadotorg

Welcome to socialism 101 professor. Socialism is where everyone becomes equally poor.


9 posted on 02/13/2018 12:23:44 PM PST by Saltmeat
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This can’t be right. Didn’t Obama promise his plan would save every family a couple thousand per year?


10 posted on 02/13/2018 12:25:17 PM PST by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!)
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Wow!!! Small business owners have been complaining about this trend for at least two years! I didn’t see the university professors recognizing that as an issue, or coming to their defense. And that is probably because of the politics. Who cares about the capitalist, right

So, no one else should come running when the university professors are in the same position. Tell us again professor how socialize medical care is great, and have a nice day!


11 posted on 02/13/2018 12:25:31 PM PST by Darteaus94025 (Can't have a Liberal without a Lie)
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To: Academiadotorg

12 posted on 02/13/2018 12:28:13 PM PST by Spruce
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VA coverage is not acceptable insurance.

To satisfy IRS health insurance requirements when tax filing?

It certainly is, I received a letter in January from the VA stating my VA coverage meets the requirements of the ACA individual mandate, including the form to file with my tax return.

13 posted on 02/13/2018 12:30:27 PM PST by PROCON (Happy Trump Year!)
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Oh, I misunderstood your statement.

Never mind. 😀😀😀

14 posted on 02/13/2018 12:32:02 PM PST by PROCON (Happy Trump Year!)
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“This can’t be right. Didn’t Obama promise his plan would save every family a couple thousand per year?”

Yes, but that factored in the reduction in costs after one of them has died.

15 posted on 02/13/2018 12:32:52 PM PST by neverevergiveup
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To: Academiadotorg

But them perfessers would still vote Obama or Hillary because they can relate to them that screws them....


16 posted on 02/13/2018 12:32:54 PM PST by trebb (I stopped picking on the mentally ill hypocrites who pose as conservatives...;-})
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“If you think healthcare is expensive now just wait until it’s free.” — PJ O’Rourke


17 posted on 02/13/2018 12:34:15 PM PST by Skooz (Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us)
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To: 21twelve

We went through the same Obamacare increases. We ended up getting insured through a Healthcare Ministry. We used Liberty Healthshare, although there are about half a dozen choices out there, all of which will save you a fortune.


18 posted on 02/13/2018 12:38:00 PM PST by TruthShallSetYouFree (Be careful, Kimmy. Our President is Trump, not Obama!)
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$600K over 500 members would be $1200 more per year or $100 more per month. And these are presumably family premiums. Big whoop.
https://academeblog.org/2018/02/09/rudy-rallies-wright-state-faculty/


19 posted on 02/13/2018 12:39:35 PM PST by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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But look at all the money you will/are saving according to Obama idiot, Mr. Academic. Yo, not feeling your pain; admit, deep down, all you libtard progressive socialist bent academics wanted the sh**...... =.=


20 posted on 02/13/2018 12:54:02 PM PST by cranked
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