Well, with the current mental flyweight occupying 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, they finally succeeded. So are they happy? Umm – not so much.
Harvard University just announced significant increases in the costs to faculty members for their health insurance. The University cited insurance cost increases caused by the requirement to cover the children of faculty members up to age 26, requirements to provide free mammograms and colonoscopies, and other Obamacare mandates that have ridiculously inflated the costs of health insurance.
The Harvard faculty is outraged. And they have not been mollified by the revelation that the rest of the country is facing the same results of Obamacare as they are. Their attitude is "Do unto others, but if you do it to me, I'll squeal like a stuck pig!"
Typical of the squealing pigs is Economics Professor Jerry Green, who is a Harvard faculty veteran of more than 40 years, and who is a former Harvard Provost. The Professor is worried that increasing out of pocket costs will induce people to defer costly medical procedures, leading to more serious health problems in the future.
You really think so, Professor? Why couldn't you see that when you and your liberal elitist colleagues were proposing doing exactly that to the rest of the American People?
“It’s equivalent to taxing the sick,” Professor Green complained. “I don’t think there’s any government in the world that would tax the sick.”
Professor? Hello? How about the US government? "Taxing the sick" is precisely what Obamacare does – but only the sick who have the initiative and prudence to provide for themselves and their families. And they are taxed to support those who have been trained by the government not to provide for themselves. That's what Obamacare is, Professor, and that's precisely what Harvard professors have been advocating for the last 60 years!
Obamacare was your idea, Professor. Now that the wolves you created are at the drawbridge of your ivory tower, I find it hard to commiserate with your self-induced predicament. As a so-called "economist," you should have been aware of the First Law of Economics: "You can't give someone something for nothing." Somebody has got to pay for it! And that somebody is you and I, Professor. The only difference is I didn't create the problem. But you, Professor, you did it to yourself.
Professor Green's sentiment was echoed by Harvard Sociology Professor Mary Waters, who lamented, “It seems that Harvard is trying to save money by shifting costs to sick people. I don’t understand why a university with Harvard’s incredible resources would do this. What is the crisis?”
The crisis, Ms. Waters, is one the Harvard faculty helped to create. it's called Obamacare. Welcome to the real world, y'all.