Bowie State University, a member of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities found out first hand the consequences of “affordable healthcare”.
The school, which had been able to offer its students healthcare at a reasonable cost of roughly $50 per semester, saw its costs rise to $900 as a result of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. As a result, they’ve suspended their coverage, leaving hundreds if not thousands of students on their own to find health insurance.
Now we can also count Bowie State University– a member of the Historical Black Colleges and Universities, as another institution that’s been negatively affected by Obamacare regulations. Because of the consequences associated with mandated federal guidelines from the Department of Health and Human Services, BSU can no longer afford to offer their students health insurance at a reasonable price.
As frustrating and disrupting as this may be for the BSU student body- particularly those students older than 26, this may be one of the most important lessons they learn while in college.
One lesson is that elections have consequences. Considering the high level of support Obama maintains among black Americans (unfortunately), it’s safe to say that many at BSU- both students and administrators alike- voted for Obama and thus got exactly what they voted for. Maybe this experience will motivate both students and administrators to critically think through the results of such grandiose progressive policies rather than the simplistic, well-meaning intentions.
Another lesson is that that BSU is learning first-hand that the president’s “if you like your insurance you can keep your insurance” promise was a lie.
Still another lesson that BSU students are learning is that when government inserts itself into the relationship that exists between the consumer and that which is being consumed, it inevitably complicates and potentially ends that relationship. In this case, government has priced BSU out of the insurance market forcing hundreds of students into Maryland’s state exchange.
Many lessons students learn in college are forgettable. For BSU students, this lifelong lesson will prove to be invaluable.