Life was great for Kenya Wheeler in the spring of 2011. He'd just enrolled in a UC Berkeley master's program in city planning and had won a research position that would pay his fees. Healthy as a horse, he biked to campus every day.It amazes me when our privileged UC students want even more--and they want me to pay for it! This state is going to continue reaping a bad harvest if this is what we're sowing amongst our putative best and brightest. Don't they know this state is already broke? How do they expect the state to pay for this? My guess is they don't care as long as they don't have to pay for it. They don't understand that most basic of natural laws, there ain't no such thing as a free lunch.
A year later, a cancer diagnosis had changed everything. Wheeler, 38, had so many medical bills that he reached the $400,000 limit allowed by his UC student health plan. He scheduled a hasty wedding with his girlfriend in March so he could continue receiving life-saving chemotherapy through her insurance.
"I didn't know when I was diagnosed that I would be in for a battle to fight my cancer - and for my medical care," Wheeler told the UC regents at this month's meeting in San Francisco.
Health care limits like the one imposed by UC are already illegal under the sweeping federal health-care law - dubbed Obamacare - that takes full effect next Jan. 1. But the health care act does not apply to "self-funded" college plans like UC's, in which the university takes on the financial risk of medical claims.
Now, thousands of UC students are demanding through a petition drive that the university voluntarily lift its insurance caps.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
UC Students and Health Insurance
The headline is Obamacare Loophole Threatens UC Students--but does it really? That fact that it doesn't give them new, free (ie, paid for by someone else) healthcare, does that mean it really threatens them? Talk about some biased reporting!