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  •  Yet another college has felt the unintended consequences of Obamacare.  And the results have angered both liberals and conservatives at Columbia University.  Columbia University's Mudd Building

    Obamacare forced changes in coverage and benefits that the liberal media failed to describe.  Many working Americans, for example, saw the limits on flexible spending accounts for medicines cut in half.  National Journalism Center alum Celina Durgan describes in an Empire State Tribune story how Columbia University had to revamp their coverage and cut out a very quiet program that used student fees to pay for abortions.   

    College Right to Life Students complained that they had no idea that the program even existed: 

    “I had no idea that our Health Services Fee was covering abortions,” Julia Salazar (’13), CRL president said. After Bwog broke the news, Salazar searched for information about the fee but only found details about the Student Health Plan, a separate insurance plan the university offers.  Researching the mandatory Health Services Fee, she said she could find nothing that mentioned abortion. 

    Incredibly, few people understood how the program worked and no one knew who was in charge of it. 

    A Columbia University liberal group, according to Durgan, admitted that the average student would have difficulty breaking through the “layers of bureaucracy” necessary to find the information indicating that it even existed. 

    Durgan goes on to explain that CRL and the liberal group agree with Columbia’s new policy. It uses separate resources to cover abortion costs, sparing anti-abortion students from paying for the procedure. 

    All is not well, however.  The liberal campus paper “manipulated the words” of right to life activists to undermine their position.  Also, other changes made to the health program have not been promising.  The spread of a rare rash in a Columbia dorm brought a tardy and ineffective response from campus Health Services. 

    Durgan’s article reminds us that the passage of every law has consequences, both predictable and unpredictable.  When the legislation is as vast, far reaching, and incompetently assembled as Obamacare, results will harm the very people it was supposed to help. 

    Beyond all of that, one strange question remains unanswered.  Why did Columbia University work so diligently for so long to hide a program paid for by student fees and open to all women? 


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