January 9th, 2015
It’s hard to see the Harvard University faculty’s fury over their health insurance as anything but comic. The school began the new year by requiring its employees to pick up a great percentage of their health care bill—a change the school partially attributed to the very Affordable Care Act many of its professors once argued for. Now those academics are pushing back, but for those of us living in the real world, the amount in dispute sounds ridiculous. From no deductible to $250 per person? This is worthy of a protest movement? When the New York Times reported on the dispute earlier this week, the Internet laughed. I did. You probably did too.
We were wrong. L’affaire Harvard is a perfect demonstration of why continuing unhappiness with the Affordable Care Act almost certainly resides not just in Republican stonewalling and endless yammering about fictional death panels, but in our pocketbooks, too.