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Professors Suddenly Don't Like ObamaCare Either
Investors Business Daily ^ | June 27, 2014

Posted on 06/28/2014 6:03:53 AM PDT by Zakeet

Health Reform: After years of singing the praises of universal health care, college professors are now shocked at how badly it has turned out — for them.

Adjunct professors are steamed at the way their employers are interpreting the Affordable Care Act's employer mandate, which forces them to cover full-time but not part-time workers. Typical of liberals, they blame their employers instead of the job-killing law they supported.

Starting Jan. 1, ObamaCare makes employers offer all full-time workers health insurance or pay a fine. In response, hundreds of colleges have simply cut instructors' course loads to dodge coverage. Others are thinking about laying off untenured faculty by the thousands.

Take the University of North Carolina state system.

Faced with $47 million-a-year unfunded ObamaCare liability, the 17-campus system has asked the state for the OK to create its own health program. It says it can't afford to pay its 8,586 non-permanent workers ObamaCare's essential benefits package, at $5,400 a pop.

The jobs of graduate and teaching assistants, visiting professors and student employees are on the block. The other option is raising tuition, but President Obama is cracking down on colleges over student debt.

"This is an unfunded mandate that's coming down on us," UNC System COO Charlie Perusse complained. No kidding. Belatedly, academia is waking up to the business realities of ObamaCare.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 0carenightmare; colleges; education; healthcare; obamacare; professors

Personally, right now, I'm guilty of some big time schadenfreude.

1 posted on 06/28/2014 6:03:53 AM PDT by Zakeet
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To: Zakeet

Obamacare is equality in action. Equality of misery.


2 posted on 06/28/2014 6:10:32 AM PDT by AU72
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To: Zakeet
"This is an unfunded mandate that's coming down on us," UNC System COO Charlie Perusse complained.

But it was OK when it was just coming down on those evil businesses, right? Universities are pure and good. Business is bad. So make them pay it but not you? We all know what the solution to this will be. It won't be to get rid of the mandate, it will be to exempt universities.

3 posted on 06/28/2014 6:11:19 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: Zakeet
Ah, but it all looked so good on paper and we had it all figured out.
4 posted on 06/28/2014 6:16:19 AM PDT by JPG (Yes We Can morphs into Make It Hurt.)
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To: Zakeet

Awwwwww, poor babies, didn’t realize that the rules would apply to them.


5 posted on 06/28/2014 6:17:47 AM PDT by McGavin999
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To: Zakeet

The law allows the universities to do this. The adjunct profs didn’t seriously think the university would altruistically ignore a way to save money (money the profs and the university are constantly saying there isn’t enough of as it is), and pay their insurance out of the goodness of its heart?

I’m gonna get a poster made, that has a still of Peter Falk as “The Grandfather”, reading “The Princess Bride” to Fred Savage. It’ll have the now-familiar “Meme” text font, quoting Falk from the movie:

“Who said life was fair? Where is that written?”


6 posted on 06/28/2014 6:18:46 AM PDT by Little Pig
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To: AU72

I’m humming “Ain’t That a Shame” as I type this.

Ain’t chickens coming home to roost a pretty thing?

Buzzards coming home to roost is truly BEAUTIFUL!!!


7 posted on 06/28/2014 6:20:51 AM PDT by Dick Bachert (Ignorance is NOT BLISS. It is the ROAD TO SERFDOM! We're on a ROAD TRIP!!)
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To: Zakeet
Adjunct professors are steamed at the way their employers are interpreting the Affordable Care Act's employer mandate,

Wait, you mean their employers can't act like the HHS dept. changing the rules and regulations on a whim...

Enjoy the suck you asswipes...

8 posted on 06/28/2014 6:21:24 AM PDT by Popman ("Resistance to Tyrants is Obedience to God" - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Zakeet

Poor little ivory tower bubble dwellers. They love socialism and communism until it has a negative effect on them directly. As one professor complained, “The university has cut my classes in the “The Benefits of Communistic Systems in Society” in order to avoid having to pay for ObamaCare. That is not fair.”

Welcome to reality you fuzzy-headed leftists.


9 posted on 06/28/2014 6:21:59 AM PDT by HotHunt
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To: HotHunt

LIB egg-heads deserve what they get. Fools. Most should have their classes cut to zero. They are lucky they still get to “teach”.


10 posted on 06/28/2014 6:29:35 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: Zakeet
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11 posted on 06/28/2014 6:30:08 AM PDT by Mycroft Holmes (The fool is always greater than the proof.)
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To: Zakeet

Adjuncts are not professors. Whoever wrote this didn’t get the facts straight.


12 posted on 06/28/2014 6:31:30 AM PDT by ladyjane
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To: Zakeet
The Profs expected the “rich” to pay for ObamaCare.

They are dismayed at finding out that they are among the rich.

In fact, under ObamaCare anyone who actually works for a living is rich

13 posted on 06/28/2014 6:31:40 AM PDT by rdcbn
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“This is an unfunded mandate that’s coming down on us,”

Business 101 to those of us outside of spending OPM.


14 posted on 06/28/2014 6:42:09 AM PDT by Blue Collar Christian (There's only one reason for authorities to take the arms of good people.)
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To: Zakeet

Beautiful... even better is when these college liberal elites are replaced by ‘immigrants’ - people who will work for less AND not complain. India and China have lots of smart people ready and willing.

Hope the North Carolina Professors enjoy sleeping the in bed they helped make. Couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch...


15 posted on 06/28/2014 6:47:20 AM PDT by GOPJ (“REMEMBER MISSISSIPPI!”)
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To: AU72

Obamacare is equality in action. Equality of misery.


Except for politicians, their staffers and certain friends in big business and big labor.


16 posted on 06/28/2014 6:49:59 AM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: Zakeet


17 posted on 06/28/2014 6:57:15 AM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: Zakeet

Not to worry.

BO will issue an executive decree exempting institutions who employ academics, community organizers, Hollywood stars, trust fund recipients, illegal immigrants and uncloseted gays.


18 posted on 06/28/2014 7:04:20 AM PDT by Gratia
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To: Zakeet
Here's a good one:


19 posted on 06/28/2014 7:06:23 AM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: Zakeet

There’s a lot of that in the air recently - but the dictator keeps sending down edicts.


20 posted on 06/28/2014 7:12:48 AM PDT by aquila48
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To: Zakeet

Don’t have too much schadenfreude. A lot of us in the professoriate knew that Obamacare was a train-wreck from the very beginning — a lot of us in math, the sciences, economics, engineering and business are on the right (from “center-right” to just plain right, the latter mostly folks who grew up under Soviet-style Communism and recognized Obama for what he is from the moment he burst onto the national stage) — and could see the consequences by which our less wise colleagues in the humanities and social sciences (other the economics) are now being surprised from before the passage of the accursed law.


21 posted on 06/28/2014 7:20:46 AM PDT by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know...)
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To: Zakeet

With all their learning, they are just now catching on to this monster?


22 posted on 06/28/2014 7:25:38 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

No. They’ll claim it’s Bush’s fault.


23 posted on 06/28/2014 7:33:38 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: Zakeet

I was at a graduation ceremony where a professor was touting Obamacare to the graduates. I think he should write every one of them an apology letter.


24 posted on 06/28/2014 8:01:09 AM PDT by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: Zakeet

All I can do is laugh at them ... LOL ...


25 posted on 06/28/2014 8:03:46 AM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: McGavin999

libs never think the law applies to them until it bites their wallets or jobs are lost.


26 posted on 06/28/2014 8:25:45 AM PDT by GailA (IF you fail to keep your promises to the Military, you won't keep them to Citizens!)
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To: Zakeet

People who live in ivory towers shouldn’t throw away the books of Adam Smith or Milton Friedman.


27 posted on 06/28/2014 12:38:33 PM PDT by wildbill
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To: wildbill
People who live in ivory towers shouldn’t throw away the books of Adam Smith or Milton Friedman.

People who live in Ivory Towers should voraciously consume the books of Ludwig von Mises, Murray Rothbard, Henry Hazlitt, and Friedrich Hayek. Their analysis is profound, correct, and applicable to so much of what is happening in the world today.

Along the same line, I recommend that you take a look at David Stockman's latest writing: Sarajevo Is The Fulcrum Of Modern History: The Great War And Its Terrible Aftermath. Given your background, I believe you will find it insightful in light of current events.

28 posted on 06/28/2014 1:52:06 PM PDT by Zakeet (If voting made any difference, they wouldn't let us do it - Mark Twain)
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To: Zakeet

I was in a faculty meeting about eight months ago, when the first price increases in all policies, hit. You should have heard the whining and complaining, and I was laughing, thinking “all you idiots voted exactly for this. Did you think you’d be exempt?”


29 posted on 06/28/2014 1:53:48 PM PDT by LS ('Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually.' Hendrix)
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