Harvard University professors loved the ideals of a collective national health insurance co-op, until it hit their pocketbooks. Now, Obamacare isn’t sitting so well with them as they see their health insurance costs spike because of the Affordable Care Act.
The New York Times reports:
For years, Harvard’s experts on health economics and policy have advised presidents and Congress on how to provide health benefits to the nation at a reasonable cost. But those remedies will now be applied to the Harvard faculty, and the professors are in an uproar.
Members of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the heart of the 378-year-old university, voted overwhelmingly in November to oppose changes that would require them and thousands of other Harvard employees to pay more for health care. The university says the increases are in part a result of the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act, which many Harvard professors championed.
The New York Times article, headlined “Health Care Fixes Backed by Harvard’s Experts Now Roil Its Faculty,” is quickly making the rounds today, with citations on The Washington Post as well as Forbes, where writer Michael F. Cannon quipped: “As an irony junkie, this New York Times article on the outrage among Harvard’s faculty that they should face greater cost-sharing in their health benefits — and the incredulity of Harvard’s health economists at their colleagues’ reactions — is one of the most wonderful things I have read in the course of my career.”