What started out to be a Christian seminary 378 years ago, Harvard University is now a bastion of liberal theology and politics. They’ve produced some of today’s most liberal and socialist politicians including Barack Obama and Elizabeth Warren.
When Obama ran for president in 2008, many of Harvard’s faculty supported his campaign. David Cutler, a health economist at Harvard served as an advisor to Obama during his 2008 campaign. It’s no secret that some of the experts at Harvard helped draft the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare.
But now Cutler and other Harvard professors are up in arms at the increased cost of healthcare that has been passed down to the faculty at the prestigious Ivy League school.
Drew Gilpin, President of Harvard sent a letter to faculty and staff explaining that they would have to pay more for their healthcare coverage than in the past and that the increase was done at the advice of their own health policy experts. She further explained that the university’s costs for healthcare benefits have increased faster than operating revenues and staff salaries. If they didn’t pass on the increased cost to faculty and staff, they would be forced to cut funding for teaching, research and student aid.
Cutler is among the faculty that are not happy about having to pay more for their healthcare. He stated:
“Harvard is a microcosm of what’s happening in healthcare in the country.”
Richard Thomas, a professor of classics and expert on Virgil commented that the increased costs are:
“…deplorable, deeply regressive, a sign of the corporatization of the university.”
French history professor Mary Lewis said that the increased cost amounted to a pay cut, commenting:
“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.”
Sociology professor Mary Waters criticized having to pay more for her healthcare coverage, saying:
“It seems that Harvard is trying to save money by shifting costs to sick people. I don’t understand why a university with Harvard’s incredible resources would do this. What is the crisis?”
I have no sympathy for these poor Harvard professors. I suspect they make at least two to four times what I make and from what I’ve read, their healthcare benefits are among the top in the nation. According to Dr. Barbara McNeil, head of the healthcare policy department:
“Harvard employees want access to everything. They don’t want to be restricted in what institutions they can get care from.”
In other words, they want everything given to them because of who they are and where they work, but they don’t want to pay any more for the privileges they have. This is typical for the progressive liberal ideology that runs rampant at Harvard. They want the best but they also want others to pay for it. I say it’s about time they got a taste of the real world and see what life is like for the rest of the world that struggles outside their Ivy League towers.