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A protest erupted at a recent meeting of the University of Kentucky board of trustees. One of the primary points of contention was the university’s outsourcing of its dining services to a third party contractor, Sodexo.

Brock Meade, a member of the organization United Students Against Sweatshops, said the dining services company “used the Affordable Care Act as a reason to switch some of its full-time employees to part-time status.”

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United Students Against Sweatshops, chanted, “No outsourcing and no Sodexo,” to the Board. Sodexo is a food service company that has contracts with other Kentucky universities.

Brock Meade, member of the organization, said the group wanted to bring attention to how the company used the Affordable Care Act as a reason to switch some of its full-time employees to part-time status.

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The insanity of Obamacare was on full display this weekend over the news that, under the Affordable Care Act, Northwestern University’s football team, once unionized, would receive maternity coverage through its mandated federal health insurance.

“Northwestern University became the first school in the nation to deem its football players full-time employees, thus making them eligible for union representation and health insurance benefits including maternity coverage,” Rare reported.  ”The kicker is that under Obamacare, the Evanston, Ill.-based team, comprised of more than 50 ‘employees,’ is considered a ‘large employer’ and Northwestern must provide pregnancy-related health care for the all-male team.”

The ridiculousness of the situation was highlighted by Republican Ben Sasse, a leading critic of Obamacare and candidate for U.S. Senate in Nebraska.

In a YouTube video titled “Pregnant Football Players,” Sasse pointed out the National Relations Labor Board is appointed by President Barack Obama – and they’re the same folks who recently decided college football players at Northwestern are the equivalent of full-time employees and can form a labor union.

“Due to Obamacare, college athletics departments must provide maternity coverage to 18-year-old boys,” said Sasse, president of Midland University. ”This is insane.”

One news outlet that reported the development was Hot Air, which opined: “Of course, we probably should have anticipated that things like this would begin cropping up the moment we decided to take college students and transfer their status to that of employee because the college might be profiting from their activities.”

And Weasel Zippers quipped: “Since they are now ‘employees’ won’t they have to declare their scholarships on their income tax returns? Something tells me they are going to regret their decision to unionize.”

Jennifer Kabbany is associate editor of The College Fix.

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Colorado Mountain College is prohibiting part-time faculty from working more than 30 hours per week to avoid the Obamacare mandate to provide part-time employees with health insurance, the Aspen Daily News reports:

The school relies heavily on adjuncts — there are only 112 full-time faculty employed across its 11 college campuses — and administrators say insuring everyone who works more than 30 hours per week would be prohibitively expensive.

Instead, the school has limited adjuncts to teaching no more than nine credit hours per semester, which translates to about 27 hours per week assuming a ratio of two hours of preparation time for every hour spent in the classroom. Previously, adjuncts were limited to teaching 11 credit hours per semester, a workload of about 33 hours per week on average.

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Is Obamacare “the cure for America’s crashing health care system, or is it more of the poison killing the patient?”

The answer to that question was sought Wednesday in a packed auditorium at the University of Arizona during a debate sponsored by the Ayn Rand Institute, the UA Objectivists, UA College Republicans, and the UA chapter of Young American’s for Freedom.

The opposing factions were Obamacare advocate Dr. Keith Joiner, professor and former dean of UA’s College of Medicine, and individual liberty proponent Dr. Yaron Brook, executive director of the Ayn Rand Institute.

“I’m sure some of you are saying to yourself: wait, we have the best healthcare in the world,” Joiner said in his opening statement. “The simple fact is that we don’t.”

Joiner went on to cite infant mortality and life expectancy rates in the U.S. as compared to other developed nations as the reason why he feels the U.S. healthcare system falls short.

But Brook said America does have the best health care in the world if you eliminate lifestyle factors.Brook

“If you have heart disease and cancer this is the country you want to be in – nowhere else,” Brook said. “You do not want to be treated in any other health care system than the United States.”

However, that system is in danger, according to Brook.

“Generally, we don’t have insurance anymore, we have a massive system of redistribution of wealth from the young and healthy to sick and old,” Brook said.

When asked about the winners and losers created under the new healthcare law, Brook offered: “Almost everybody is a loser.”

“Insurance companies are winners in the short term,” he said. “But in the long term there will be no insurance companies in the U.S. because Obamacare is just a stepping stone towards universal healthcare and towards the complete socialization of medicine.”

In Joiner’s opinion, there could potentially be losers resulting from Obamacare if more cost-control measures are instituted.

“Everybody loses when there are cost controls,” Joiner said. “Doctors lose. The insurance companies lose. Medical device manufacturers lose. Pharmaceutical companies lose. And the consumers lose if it means that you have to bear more of the cost.”

However, Joiner sees clear winners stemming from the legislation for “those who are uninsured or underinsured.”

The next question probed into the debaters’ philosophical opinions over whether or not Americans should have to choose to purchase healthcare, something that is compulsory under the new law.

“I would say yes they should have that option, if they also take accountability for the cost associated with any illness they acquire,” said Joiner.Joiner

Brook had a similar perspective.

“I don’t think society has obligations to its people,” Brook said, citing a main tenet of Objectivism. “Society is not responsible for you; you are responsible for yourself. Society shouldn’t dictate whether you have insurance or not.”

Brook concurred with Joiner’s sentiments, stating that “now, as a consequence, you should bear the cost if you get sick and don’t have insurance.”

As for Obamacare’s chances of success or a failure, that depends on who’s asked.

“To me, measures of success or failure, at the end of the day, is measured of freedom, of individual liberty,” Brook said. “I’ve already declared it a failure by that standard.”

Joiner did not provide a straight answer to the question, and instead discussed the extension of coverage to those with preexisting conditions.

During a question and answer session, Brook asked Joiner about the redistributive nature of socialized medicine, and his justifications for such action.
“It’s completely moral and completely justified for society to look out after the health of its citizens,” Joiner responded. “That’s what a society should do and government is the way that’s accomplished.”

Joiner in turn asked for further explication over Brook’s assertion that there is a correlation between insurance regulation and higher costs.

“Regulation always raises the cost of doing business because it constrains competition,” Brook responded. “It allows the insurance companies to control the markets.”

In closing arguments, the debaters returned to their fundamental beliefs.

“I just want to come back to this issue of insurance and the problem that one gets into with insurance if you don’t price it appropriately to redistribution,” Joiner said.  “And that is a well known concept known as adverse selection.”

Adverse selection refers to the raising of insurance premiums, the limiting of coverage, or the discrimination certain consumers.

Joiner asserted that this phenomenon leads to a “death spiral,” in which those who are young and healthy drop out of the insurance pool thus raising the costs for those who are sick an in need. According to Joiner, this will be prevented under the new law.

Brook concluded by noting that “the rule of government is to eliminate coercion from human life.”

“It’s to allow us to be free,” he said. “It’s to allow us to pursue our happiness. It’s to allow us to pursue our lives, to make choices that we see fit.”

And by forcing healthcare on Americas, according to Brook, government is overstepping its purpose.

While both sides presented compelling arguments, no clear winner emerged by the end of the debate, according to audience members.

Kevin Moynahan, a senior studying physiology at UA, said the debate was a “close call.”

“They both made really good points, but I think I came into this debate more on Dr. Joiner’s side, and so as a result I tend to sort of go with his ideology,” he said. “I think that Dr. Brook made some good points that helped me understand his side better, but ultimately I’m still with Dr. Joiner.”

Neil Hillis, a UA senior studying ecology, said: “I think that if anyone could have said to be won it would be Dr. Brook because he seemed to be more charismatic as a speaker.”

No clear answer to whether Obamacare is the cure or disease to our healthcare system could be determined, according to Hillis.

“The debate was so broad that nobody could really be moved by specific evidence,” he said.

College Fix contributor Julianne Stanford is a student at the University of Arizona.

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INSIDE: Julianne Stanford (top – Dr. Brook; bottom, Dr. Joiner)

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Under the “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up” category comes the revelation that on National Youth Enrollment Day for Obamacare, which was Saturday, the HealthCare.gov website underwent scheduled maintenance and could not complete any new enrollments. 

Yes, that’s right.

On thee day designated by Affordable Care Act activists as the day in which America’s young people were slated to join en masse the federally subsidized and legally mandated health insurance – complete with hundreds of sign-up events across the country – that day is the same one in which the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services worked on the back end of the site, making signups impossible.

Millennials could search the Healthcare.gov site Saturday, but not seal the deal to sign up.ObamacareMeme.GenerationOpportunity

The “hiccup” – that’s the popular term for the ongoing and seemingly neverending Obamacare screw ups, right? – “came as a surprise to the White House allies who have been planning Feb. 15 enrollment activities for weeks,” BuzzFeed reported.

“Obviously it’s unfortunate,” Aaron Smith, co-founder of the recruitment group Young Invincibles, had said.

“The correct excuse is ‘It’s not optimal’ as I recall,” chimed in one commenter.

The SNAFU was so unbelievable that Generation Opportunity, a group dedicated to highlighting what a trainwreck Obamacare is for young people, promoted the news on social media by first pointing out: “This is not an Onion headline.”

Corie Whalen, spokeswoman for Generation Opportunity, said in an interview Tuesday with The College Fix that millions of dollars was spent to advertise National Youth Enrollment Day, yet there was no coordination or communication with Health and Human Services on it.

“It’s just so indicative of the incompetence you are seeing in this government,” she said.

One of Generation Opportunity’s memes put it this way: “You scheduled National Youth Enrollment Day the same day Healthcare.gov is down for maintenance? Please tell me more about how you think you can run a national healthcare system.”

It’s also the latest in a string of recent Obamacare “hiccups,” or as the Media Research Center calls it “serious setbacks.” The other two? “Yet another delay in the employer mandate, and a devastating CBO report that claimed (the Affordable Care Act) will cost the equivalent of two million jobs.”

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