College students who purchase their health insurance policies through their colleges may be in for a shock when they get the bill. Colleges all over the country are raising premiums drastically to cover the costs associated with Obamacare. In North Carolina, where Democrats are hoping young voters will help them win the state, the costs have skyrocketed.
But as the president fights to keep the conservative-leaning state in his column this November, education officials here are complicating his campaign message by citing “Obamacare” as a reason for the rising cost of student health insurance plans on campuses from Asheville to Wilmington.
In April, Tom Ross, the president of the University of North Carolina system, sent a letter to the university’s board of governors announcing that students should brace for a hike in the cost of university-provided insurance plans.
Ross explained that at least 64,000 North Carolina college students – roughly a third of those enrolled in the state’s 17 public universities – should expect to see “substantial” increases in health coverage costs for the 2012-2013 academic year.
“Based on more than three semesters of actual claims experience, as well as the new provisions of the Affordable Care Act, we are facing large increases in premiums for our students,” Ross wrote in the letter.
In North Carolina, college students are required to have proof of health insurance, either through their university, their parents or a private provider.
Students who purchase insurance plans from North Carolina public universities this fall will be shelling out $709 per semester. That’s up significantly from a cost of $460 per semester last year.
It’s even worse at other universities.
Rising premiums are not limited to public universities.
Students at Guilford College, a private liberal arts college in Greensboro, were informed in July that the cost of their school-provided health insurance plan was set to rise from $668 per semester in 2011 to $1,179 per semester this fall.
“Our student health insurance policy premium has been substantially increased due to changes required by federal regulations issued on March 16, 2012 under the Affordable Care Act,” reads the letter, which was distributed Greg Bursavich, the school’s Vice President for Finance. (Read More)
Ouch! That’s gotta hurt.
But the Democrats are very proud of Obamacare. In the opening night of their national convention, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius even declared that they carry it like a “badge of honor.”
Kathleen Sebelius, the administration’s top health official, said she is proud of the Affordable Care Act, borrowing the “ObamaCare” moniker that the administration has sought to reclaim from Republican critics.
“For us Democrats, ObamaCare is a badge of honor,” Sebelius told the crowd. (Read More)
She wasn’t the only one touting the unpopular law at the convention, and I’m sure she won’t be the last. But as college students, and anyone else who pays for health insurance, write those checks I hope they remember which party brought them increased premiums. They should also remember how that party went about ramming the law down our throats.
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