Liberal Ivy League grad student vents at Daily Kos over Obamacare’s ‘unintended consequences’

Liberal Ivy League grad student vents at Daily Kos over Obamacare’s ‘unintended consequences’

Repeal ObamacareMichael Convente has had a taste of reality, and it is bitter. Convente, a liberal blogger and graduate student representative on the Student Health Insurance Advisory Committee (SHIAC) at the University of Pennsylvania, has learned that the Affordable Care Act is, as he wrote at uber-liberal Daily Kos, a “law of unintended consequences.”

As noted by Campus Reform, Convente and his peers are discovering the hard way that footing the bill for someone else’s health care can be burdensome, especially when you yourself are young and poor:

Our population is entirely students. Mostly grad students, but that means the overwhelming majority of us are mid-to-late 20s. We now have to cover pediatric dental even though none of us are [sic] even eligible to use that benefit. There aren’t even that many grad students with young children (we see about ~100 dependent plans out of over 9,000 total enrollees).

Our committee is quite progressive when it comes to benefits offered (full prosthesis replacement, gender reassignment surgery, etc.) and low deductible (we’re at $300. That’s not a typo – three hundred). And yet even for us, at least in the college health insurance market, the ACA has truly been the ‘law of unintended consequences’.

Trending: Tijuana: Violent clashes as arriving ‘caravan’ migrants square off against protesting residents

Health insurance is nuanced like crazy, and sadly most people don’t have the time and/or capacity to really understand the gritty details. Relying on marketing slogans, some of which turned out not to be so correct, is turning out to be problematic.

I should write a diary about how the ACA is affected [sic] college health insurance market. We’re a unique situation since the overwhelming majority of our population is young and healthy. Now that students can buy individual plans (or stay on their parents’ insurance), we’re likely going to be looking at serious adverse selection since our benefits are so great, so only students with known health issues will purchase our plan.

So has Convente learned his lesson? You’d hope so, but he told Campus Reform via email that he still supports the law, writing that “the issues that I mentioned in my comment are a slight annoyance, [sic] however our committee has full confidence that we will solve them without any problems.”

For your convenience, you may leave commments below using either the Spot.IM commenting system or the Facebook commenting system. If Spot.IM is not appearing for you, please disable AdBlock to leave a comment.

LU Staff

LU Staff

Promoting and defending liberty, as defined by the nation’s founders, requires both facts and philosophical thought, transcending all elements of our culture, from partisan politics to social issues, the workings of government, and entertainment and off-duty interests. Liberty Unyielding is committed to bringing together voices that will fuel the flame of liberty, with a dialogue that is lively and informative.


Commenting Policy

We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, profanity, vulgarity, doxing, or discourteous behavior. If a comment is spam, instead of replying to it please hover over that comment, click the ∨ icon, and mark it as spam. Thank you for partnering with us to maintain fruitful conversation.