Or maybe I’m just not as big a hypocrite!
Your Editor has stated, on numerous occasions, that we can’t add 30 or 40 or 50 million people who couldn’t pay for insurance themselves to the insurance rolls without either increasing costs or decreasing services, or both. All of those statements were on the old Common Sense Political Thought, and that’s just what they were: common sense. But it seems that the learned professors at Harvard have a problem with common sense; from Zero Hedge:
Obamacare Architects At Harvard Furious After Learning They Are Not Exempt From Obamacare
Submitted by Tyler Durden on 01/05/2015 21:28 -0500
The brain incubator at Harvard, the place which according to legend, and certainly the US News and World Report’s annual paid college infomercial, is the repository for some of the smartest people in the world, is furious.
The reason – Harvard’s illustrious faculty has learned that they too will be subject to their own policy recommendations as relates to Obamacare, which they themselves helped conceive. As the left-leaning NYT reported earlier today, “for years, Harvard’s experts on health economics and policy have advised presidents and Congress on how to provide health benefits to the nation at a reasonable cost. But those remedies will now be applied to the Harvard faculty, and the professors are in an uproar.“
Because Harvard’s brilliant ivory tower economists and public policy wonks know precisely how to fix the world… as long as said fix never applies to them.
Kind of like the way the Congress exempts itself and its members from the legislation it passes . . . .
And sure enough, the faculty did everything in its power to make sure it never had to suffer the consequences of its own brilliance…
“Members of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the heart of the 378-year-old university, voted overwhelmingly in November to oppose changes that would require them and thousands of other Harvard employees to pay more for health care. The university says the increases are in part a result of the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act, which many Harvard professors championed.“
… But it was too late:
The faculty vote came too late to stop the cost increases from taking effect this month, and the anger on campus remains focused on questions that are agitating many workplaces: How should the burden of health costs be shared by employers and employees? If employees have to bear more of the cost, will they skimp on medically necessary care, curtail the use of less valuable services, or both?
And it just gets better:
“Harvard is a microcosm of what’s happening in health care in the country,” said David M. Cutler, a health economist at the university who was an adviser to President Obama’s 2008 campaign. But only up to a point: Professors at Harvard have until now generally avoided the higher expenses that other employers have been passing on to employees. That makes the outrage among the faculty remarkable, Mr. Cutler said, because “Harvard was and remains a very generous employer.”
Ah, hypocrisy: exactly the same whether it is at the lowliest of community colleges or the leading bastion of liberal thought.
In Harvard’s health care enrollment guide for 2015, the university said it “must respond to the national trend of rising health care costs, including some driven by health care reform,” otherwise known as the Affordable Care Act. The guide said that Harvard faced “added costs” because of provisions in the health care law that extend coverage for children up to age 26, offer free preventive services like mammograms and colonoscopies and, starting in 2018, add a tax on high-cost insurance, known as the Cadillac tax.
The faculty is enraged, ENRAGED that what it hoped would only apply to the plebian peasantry is just as applicable to the self-appointed smartest people in the world. Here’s Dick:
Richard F. Thomas, a Harvard professor of classics and one of the world’s leading authorities on Virgil, called the changes “deplorable, deeply regressive, a sign of the corporatization of the university.”
And here’s Mary:
Mary D. Lewis, a professor who specializes in the history of modern France and has led opposition to the benefit changes, said they were tantamount to a pay cut. “Moreover,” she said, “this pay cut will be timed to come at precisely the moment when you are sick, stressed or facing the challenges of being a new parent.”
There’s more at the original; all emphases are from the original.
Full professors at Harvard University averaged $198,400 in salary in 2012,1 Associate Professors averaged $120,900, and Assistant Professors $109,800. One would think that all of those PhDs, all of those learned intellectuals, should have been able to figure out what was obvious to a lowly concrete plant manager with just a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Kentucky,2 that you cannot add millions more people who cannot pay for insurance to the insurance rolls via subsidies, and you cannot require insurance companies to accept people who would have been previously denied coverage due to pre-existing conditions, and not have the costs of both private insurance and government spending — meaning: taxes! — increase. It’s simple math, but, evidently, simple addition is too simple for the august professors at Hahvahd.
But, perhaps they are very much like former Harvard professor, Elizabeth Warren,3 now the junior Senator from Massachusetts, who championed raising taxes on higher earners,4 but who, after criticizing then-Senator Scott Brown (R-MA), against whom she was running, for voting against the “millionaire’s tax” proposal, admitted that she chose not to use the voluntarily pay higher rates option on her state income taxes. The left can always support all of these great programs, but when it comes to paying for them, when it comes to doing what they say others should do, it’s “What? Who, me? Surely you can’t mean me?”
And the left wonder why conservatives have so little respect for them.
- Though, interestingly enough at that oh-so-liberal-and-feminist school, male full professors averaged $201,600 while female full professors averaged $187,500. With a total of 1,084 full professors at Harvard in 2012, the disparity in salaries cannot be explained away by small sample size. ↩
- Class of 1977. ↩
- As a Harvard Law professor, she was paid $350,000 a year. ↩
- Benen, Steve (September 21, 2011), “The underlying social contract”. Washington Monthly, and Smerconish, Michael (July 30, 2012). “The context behind Obama’s ‘you didn’t build that’”, The Philadelphia Inquirer. ↩