Thursday, May 31, 2012

Obamacare More Than Doubles Health Costs for College Students

- by Tad Cronn

Well, the bills for all that “low-cost” government health care are starting to come in at a private college in Tampa Bay.

Students at Clearwater Christian College are starting to receive letters from the school notifying them that their student health insurance fees next term are going to more than double.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act adds some benefits, but one thing it doesn’t do is make health care more affordable.

Fox News reported on the case of one student who had paid $600 for his health fee this past year being billed more than $1,300 for the coming fall.

According to Clearwater administrators, the cost increases are directly attributable to Obamacare. The letter sent to students read, in part:

“Due to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA – commonly known as health care reform), the cost of student health insurance has doubled. In addition, most insurance carriers are hesitant to provide contracts for this insurance due to the unpredictability of the cost of the claims.”

Some Catholic universities, including Franciscan University in Ohio and Ave Maria University in Florida, have dropped student health insurance plans due to the Obama Administration’s mandate that they cover abortions, sterilizations and contraceptives, against Catholic teachings.

At least 43 Catholic organizations, including the University of Notre Dame, have sued the federal government over the Obamacare mandate.

Rep. Bill Young, who represents Clearwater, was among those in Congress who opposed Obamacare. He said, “Despite our warnings and telling our colleagues this was bad legislation, they passed the bill, and now we’re finding out that all of the things we told them are coming true.”

And worse is still to come.

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