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.”