Student health care costs set to soar at private North Carolina college due to Obamacare, says administration
Guilford College in North Carolina is poised to raise the prices they charge students for health insurance by 75 percent as a direct result of the implementation of President Obama’s landmark healthcare legislation, administrators told Campus Reform late last week.
The price for university provided health care is expected to rise from $668 to $1,179 for the 2012-2013 school year, Greg Bursavich, who is the Vice President for Finance at Guilford College, told students in a letter late last month.
“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,” read an e-mail Bursavich sent to the student body.
In an exclusive interview with Campus Reform, Bursavich further implicated ObamaCare for the drastic rise in prices.
“It is directly related – it is only related – to the new healthcare law,” said Bursavich. “There is no reason why it has gone up except the requirements of the new law have forced it to go up. That is the whole story.”
He added that costs were rising because ObamaCare mandates students are covered for certain health services “deemed essential” by the federal government.
“[T]he notion that the health care law wouldn’t cost everybody more money is nonsense,” said Bursavich. “[You can’t] begin adding coverage on things that used to not be covered and just assume that some genie in the sky is going to pay for it. We are all paying for it and this is the beginning.”
Guilford College mandates that all of their students have a form of health insurance. Students are free to stay on their parents’ plan, purchase their own, or enroll in the school’s health insurance.
“We want them to have insurance. We want our students to be taken care of,” said Bursavich. “It’s because we care about them.”
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