Cornell University implementing socialized medicine

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Cornell is now charging a $350 per year 'health fee' to all students, to fund it's SHIP (Student Health Insurance Program). Doesn't matter if you participate, or have your own insurance you're satisfied with, you STILl pay the $350 yearly fee.

University responds to student health fee questions | Cornell Chronicle

According to Murphy: “At the peak of the university’s financial crisis, we made the decision to increase services at Gannett in the wake of two major public health crises as well as growing enrollment and demand. There was not sufficient permanent funding available to pay for those expanded services, so we relied initially on gifts and reserves, and then borrowed funds internally to cover the costs. We now must resolve the funding issue, including paying back those borrowed funds so they can be used elsewhere.”
So, they implemented a plan with no way to sustainably pay for it, and now decide that they'll just charge students not even using it.


Parents have questioned why they need to pay a fee when they are satisfied with the coverage their insurance plans provide.

“The new funding model allows us to continue essential programs related to prevention, public health, regulatory compliance and crisis response,” said Murphy. “It also provides a ‘safety net’ of services – regardless of individual student insurance coverage – that addresses important concerns for the entire campus community, including communicable disease, sexual health, mental health, and alcohol and other drug use.”
All of which are covered under existing insurance plans for students.


The college version of Obamacare. Doesn't matter what you have, if you're happy with it, you need what we TELL you you need. If you already have insurance? We don't care, we're charging you anyway so we can pay for others.
 
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Its a private university operating in the free market. If fees are high, and unnecessary, then the invisible hand of the most high god will administer a correction.
 
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Its a private university operating in the free market. If fees are high, and unnecessary, then the invisible hand of the most high god will administer a correction.
that made absolutely no sense whatsoever. No wonder Boise thanked you.
 
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that made absolutely no sense whatsoever. No wonder Boise thanked you.
You got a problem with a private university administering whatever policies they wish ---> why Mr. Free Market Martian?