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Harvard Can't Tolerate What it Asked For on Obamacare

Friday, 09 January 2015 05:02 PM Current | Bio | Archive

That loud flapping noise residents of Cambridge, Mass. are now experiencing is the sound of the chickens coming home to roost in Harvard Yard. For years, know it all faculty members from Harvard have journeyed to Washington, D.C. to tell the rest of us how to live.

Most of the time their income and prestige insulated them from the deleterious effects of their leftist policies — which the rest of us had to endure. That was before the advent of Obamacare.

Harvard faculty helped alumnus Obama craft the Affordable Care Act. They advised. They wrote. They cheered. Now that they are experiencing Obamacare they’ve decided goose sauce doesn’t suit professor Gander after all.

The New York Times reports the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences has “voted overwhelmingly to oppose changes that would require them and thousands of other Harvard employees to pay more for health care.”

Who would have thought? With a single vote Harvard elitists join rednecks, Walmart shoppers, Tea Party members, and Republicans in opposing Obamacare’s meddling in health care.

According to Forbes magazine the bulk of the complaints are regarding changes in faculty health insurance coverage designed to bring Harvard’s plan into compliance with Obamacare so it doesn’t trigger the “Cadillac tax” which is designed to punish and prevent the lavish health plans showered on corporate buccaneers, greedy capitalists and — as it turns out — Harvard faculty members.

Forbes summarizes, “The Cadillac tax is a 40 percent surcharge on health-insurance spending above $27,500 for a family or $10,200 for an individual, and most institutions, including Harvard, are not willing to pay it.”

The biggest changes for the Harvard plan are the new yearly deductible — $250 for an individual and $750 for a family — with a co–pay of $20 for a doctor’s visit. Even with the new deductible the faculty — full professors make nearly $200,000 a year and assistant professors come in at $100,000 — is doing better than the rest of America where the Kaiser Family Foundation reports the average yearly deductible for an individual was $1,200, which is $450 more than the cheapskates at Harvard now pay.

The Times quoted Prof. Mary D. Lewis, a leader of the whiners, who contends the “benefit changes 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.’”

Gee Mary, tell that to the thousands of workers that had their hours cut so they wouldn’t cross the 30 hour per week threshold that invokes Obamacare.

This controversy in the faculty lounge demonstrates once again the hypocrisy of the Left:

Fighting inequality is all well and good for the rest of the nation, but Harvard had no idea eventually the poultry would come home.

Michael Reagan is the son of President Ronald Reagan. He is president of The Reagan Legacy Foundation and chairman of the League of American Voters. Mike is an in-demand speaker with Premiere. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.

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