Skip to comments.Professors Suddenly Don't Like ObamaCare Either
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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Personally, right now, I'm guilty of some big time schadenfreude.
Obamacare is equality in action. Equality of misery.
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.
Awwwwww, poor babies, didn’t realize that the rules would apply to them.
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?”
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!!!
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...
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.
LIB egg-heads deserve what they get. Fools. Most should have their classes cut to zero. They are lucky they still get to “teach”.
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Adjuncts are not professors. Whoever wrote this didn’t get the facts straight.
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
“This is an unfunded mandate that’s coming down on us,”
Business 101 to those of us outside of spending OPM.
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...
Obamacare is equality in action. Equality of misery.
Except for politicians, their staffers and certain friends in big business and big labor.
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.
There’s a lot of that in the air recently - but the dictator keeps sending down edicts.
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.
With all their learning, they are just now catching on to this monster?
No. They’ll claim it’s Bush’s fault.
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.
All I can do is laugh at them ... LOL ...
libs never think the law applies to them until it bites their wallets or jobs are lost.
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.
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?”