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Academics for ObamaCare stunned to find the cost

posted at 3:31 pm on January 24, 2013 by

Jim Pethokoukis comes up with this delicious bit of schadenfreude from last week’s Wall Street Journal:

The federal health-care overhaul is prompting some colleges and universities to cut the hours of adjunct professors. [...] The Affordable Care Act requires large employers to offer a minimum level of health insurance to employees who work 30 hours a week or more starting in 2014, or face a penalty. The mandate is a particular challenge for colleges and universities, which increasingly rely on adjuncts to help keep costs down as states have scaled back funding for higher education.

A handful of schools, including Community College of Allegheny County in Pennsylvania and Youngstown State University in Ohio, have curbed the number of classes that adjuncts can teach in the current spring semester to limit the schools’ exposure to the health-insurance requirement.

In response, these professors have turned … spiritual:

The professors are understandably confused. Robert Balla, an adjunct professor of English at Stark State College, in North Canton, Ohio received a letter in which he was told that “in order to avoid penalties under the Affordable Care Act…employees with part-time or adjunct status will not be assigned more than an average of 29 hours per week.” He told the Journal that the move cut his $40,000 salary by about $2,000 and that he cannot afford health insurance.

“I think it goes against the spirit of the [health-care] law,” Mr. Balla said. “In education, we’re working for the public good, we are public employees at a public institution; we should be the first ones to uphold the law, to set the example.”

They are upholding the law, Professor Balla.  I guess you needed to have it passed before you could be bothered to see the obvious implications of what was in it.  Jim delivers a parting shot at the inability to grasp the obvious in this outpost of Academia:

Looks like the academy is finally getting a lesson in the costs of big government liberalism.

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Stupid people only learn from experiencing pain.

tom daschle concerned on January 24, 2013 at 3:36 PM

Does the term “useful idiot” mean anything to Professor Balla?

It’s almost worth it all to see these morons finally have to deal with the result of their own folly.

Curmudgeon on January 24, 2013 at 3:49 PM

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Good Lt on January 24, 2013 at 3:50 PM

You know, for people who claim be the intelligentsia, these “academics” are profoundly retarded when it comes to the real world.

JimLennon on January 24, 2013 at 3:51 PM

Karma generally leaves a big mark.

beatcanvas on January 24, 2013 at 3:52 PM

I LOLed when I first heard this. People with Ph.D.s too stupid to understand that choices have consequences.

NebCon on January 24, 2013 at 3:53 PM

Ehh, they’ll double down on the class warfare. They want their free stuff. They’re entitled to it. If you deny them their free stuff, you are pushing old ladies in wheelchairs over a cliff. This isn’t some new right. They’ve always been entitled to it. These clowns will sue for retro-active payments for all the healthcare costs they’ve incurred since birth. They have a right to it, dontchya know.

trubble on January 24, 2013 at 3:57 PM

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Good Lt on January 24, 2013 at 3:50 PM

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Maddie on January 24, 2013 at 3:59 PM

A prerequisite for working for the “public good” is being imbecilic, with a side of dunning-kruger.

tom daschle concerned on January 24, 2013 at 4:01 PM

They just didn’t expect it would apply to them

Ditkaca on January 24, 2013 at 4:12 PM

Libertine social rubber in direct contact with the real road. On the one hand, being progressive means you can have sex with more or less anything in a consequence-free and negative-judgement-free environment. On the other hand, reality doesn’t actually do “consequence-free,” and penicillin doesn’t buy itself.

Can’t wait for the next episode of “Feckless.” I wonder how it all turns out?

“I think it goes against the spirit of the [health-care] law,” Mr. Balla said. “In education, we’re working for the public good, we are public employees at a public institution; we should be the first ones to uphold the law, to set the example.”

He’s thinking, “we should be first in line,” I bet. Sort of a, “No fair that we’re getting screwed, it’s our thing.”

Lime in the Coconut on January 24, 2013 at 4:14 PM

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Good Lt on January 24, 2013 at 3:50 PM

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Maddie on January 24, 2013 at 3:59 PM

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Good Lt on January 24, 2013 at 3:50 PM

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aigle on January 24, 2013 at 4:15 PM

I’m going to allow all of this.

Good Lt on January 24, 2013 at 4:20 PM

They just didn’t expect it would apply to them

Ditkaca on January 24, 2013 at 4:12 PM

Not quite. Academics like Balla full expected it woud apply to them. Their mistake was in thinking that whatever this new, craptastic law would apply to them would only be good, and that it wouldn’t cost them anything.

It’s a giant $h!7 sandwich, and thanks to Harry, Nancy, and Chicago Jesus himself, we all have to take a bite. Even you, Mr. Balla, even you. Everybody in, nobody out……

djm1992 on January 24, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Does the term “useful idiot” mean anything to Professor Balla?

It’s almost worth it all to see these morons finally have to deal with the result of their own folly.

Curmudgeon on January 24, 2013 at 3:49 PM

They just didn’t expect it would apply to them

Ditkaca on January 24, 2013 at 4:12 PM

Remember that most of them consider themselves members of the ruling elite and think that these rules are never going to apply to them. Entertaingly for us, these imbeciles are beginning to figure out they are not part of the ruling class about now.

Ace had a great post about this: http://ace.mu.nu/archives/336830.php

Doomberg on January 24, 2013 at 4:35 PM

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Good Lt on January 24, 2013 at 3:50 PM

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aigle on January 24, 2013 at 4:15 PM

I’m going to allow all of this.

Good Lt on January 24, 2013 at 4:20 PM

I would like to add…

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belad on January 24, 2013 at 4:38 PM

Curmudgeon on January 24, 2013 at 3:49 PM

It’s because these clowns have never had to worry about profit motives. They don’t get it.

blammm on January 24, 2013 at 4:43 PM

I would like to add…

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belad on January 24, 2013 at 4:38 PM

I was laughing so hard I misspelled “add.” If I keep making dumb mistakes like that, I’ll wind up being an adjunct professor.

Was that mean? It was mean, wasn’t it?

Maddie on January 24, 2013 at 4:44 PM

I know a guy here in Hawaii who works for a non-profit involved in helping people with HIV. He cannot stop talking about how wonderful Obamacare will be once fully implemented….to the point I almost feel sorry for him. There’s no way it could possibly live up to his expectations – and that’s if the government was beneficent and capable. I plan on keeping close tabs on his opinion in the next couple years. My guess is that, “See, we should have gone with single payer.” will be his escape hatch.

Kungfoochimp on January 24, 2013 at 4:45 PM

This is wonderful, I am loving it. Pass the popcorn. And to think we call these dumbasses academics. Of course they are the same ones who educate (excuse the oxymoron), “journalists”. So maybe we should not be surprised.

woodNfish on January 24, 2013 at 4:46 PM

No hard feelings?

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The Schaef on January 24, 2013 at 4:50 PM

Lol

Delicious

cmsinaz on January 24, 2013 at 5:06 PM

I’m currently in the midst of Declaration of Independents by Messrs. Gillespie and Welch (highly recommend it), in the chapters on airline regulation/deregulation and, for the life of me, I still can’t understand the basis upon which the federal government can tell a private employer whether to or how to provide health (or any other type of) insurance to their employees.

I know the Supreme Court gave it enough thumbs up to keep the movie (I’d put in the “public horror” genre) playing, but it still makes no sense.

IndieDogg on January 24, 2013 at 5:08 PM

Umm, I don’t think he’s really entitled to be called “professor”, if not for the term adjunct than for the sheer stupidity of this clump of cells.

Nutstuyu on January 24, 2013 at 5:14 PM

It’s a giant $h!7 sandwich, and thanks to Harry, Nancy, and Chicago Jesus Mohammed himself, we all have to take a bite. Even you, Mr. Balla, even you. Everybody in, nobody out……

djm1992 on January 24, 2013 at 4:30 PM

FIFY. Jesus wouldn’t be caught near this one-man brood of vipers.

Nutstuyu on January 24, 2013 at 5:17 PM

He’s just finding out what’s in it.

trigon on January 24, 2013 at 5:18 PM

Ya know, no one who voted for or was in favor of Obamacare bothered to read the bill. This includes Obama. The suckers that were dumb enough to fall for Obama’s explanation of a bill he didn’t read or understand deserve exactly what they are getting.

Caveat emptor.

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Good Lt on January 24, 2013 at 3:50 PM

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aigle on January 24, 2013 at 4:15 PM

I’m going to allow all of this.

Good Lt on January 24, 2013 at 4:20 PM

I would like to add…

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belad on January 24, 2013 at 4:38 PM

and may I also say….

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EFF you ACADEMICS!

TheAudacityofNOPE on January 24, 2013 at 5:24 PM

Couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of people.

These are the same simple minded and thoroughly indoctrinated people that when shipped off to the Siberian work camps would ask “Does Stalin know of this?” 0bama’s hero, Lenin, called them useful idiots and they truly are.

jukin3 on January 24, 2013 at 5:25 PM

“I think it goes against the spirit of the [health-care] law,” Mr. Balla said. “In education, we’re working for the public good, we are public employees at a public institution; we should be the first ones to uphold the law, to set the example.”

The guy must think he’s the academic equivalent of Mother Theresa. Honestly, what did these idiots think would happen?

Murf76 on January 24, 2013 at 5:30 PM

Yes, Mr. Balla, an adjunct professor of English at Stark State College, in North Canton, Ohio.

You got what you wanted. Enjoy your new found free time, Why’s the complaint?

Sir Napsalot on January 24, 2013 at 5:44 PM

Reality just hit this libtard like a shovel….

dentarthurdent on January 24, 2013 at 5:44 PM

What’s not to like professor, can’t afford health care, well Obama will take care of you on his plan. It’s just that he will take care of you his way.

Not going to hold my breath for this idiots to start bashing Obama Care for what it really is.

plutorocks on January 24, 2013 at 5:50 PM

I have no pity and no sympathy for these useless idiots. They voted for it by voting for anything with a D by its name. Now they can own it, lock stock and barrel. A pox on them, and the inability to get it treated under Obamacare.

theotherone on January 24, 2013 at 5:57 PM

THEY are public employees, and theirs’ a public institution. To them, funding for their public service should be limitless.

But nowhere in ObamaCare says ‘money grows on trees’, or in Obama’s case, unstop printing.

Sir Napsalot on January 24, 2013 at 6:14 PM

The GOP will never get a fair shake from the media, the best way to protect the Republic may be to break their backs in DC economically.

Hey you know what America MESSAGE RECIEVED! You voted for free sh*t and we’re gonna listen. You hey you on the couch do you think you can power a city with coca cola and a mentos? Send a self-addressed stamped envelope to GOP CMMTE to Wrech the Energy Sector as fast as Barack Obama and I will send YOU a quarter billion dollars! No results necessary, see Solyndra reporting by the media.

//Mirror Universe John Boehner

harlekwin15 on January 24, 2013 at 6:22 PM

THEY are public employees, and theirs’ a public institution. To them, funding for their public service should be limitless.

But nowhere in ObamaCare says ‘money grows on trees’, or in Obama’s case, unstop printing.

Sir Napsalot on January 24, 2013 at 6:14 PM

It’s a feature not a bug, 10 years ago he would have blown the democrats’ brains out with O care for about 12 years….

the media went into Palace Guard mode and the left are counting on being able to push people to cry for single payer for “fairness” and then taxes will go up even more!

//Thanks MSM

harlekwin15 on January 24, 2013 at 6:24 PM

So he want the taxpayers who are getting screwed by the law he supported to foot the bill for his insurance too? That’s rich. This is who’s teaching your kids folks.

RadClown on January 24, 2013 at 6:26 PM

Maybe he’ll get a free phone.

Vince on January 24, 2013 at 6:30 PM

Like Nancy said, now he’s not job-locked! He can pursue the arts or theater or something.

RedRedRice on January 24, 2013 at 7:01 PM

Isn’t he so Enlightened. Ha, ha, ha!

D-fusit on January 24, 2013 at 7:21 PM

poor professor, i believe this is what they refer to as irony!

burserker on January 24, 2013 at 7:43 PM

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Sekhmet on January 24, 2013 at 7:46 PM

I wish them Karma. All of them.

HiJack on January 24, 2013 at 7:48 PM

In line at the DMV in the DC suburbs earlier this week. Waited 30 minutes to get to the desk to even speak to a DMV employee.

I commented to the 20-something women behind me about imagine how things are gonna be in getting healthcare when the gov’t is in charge seeing how awful the DMV is.

She was insistent that it would be better than the DMV and what we have now as she works for a defense contractor and they just put in a proposal for Obamacare.

I should have gotten her phone number because I’d like to see what she has to say about it when it is implented.

Angineer on January 24, 2013 at 7:52 PM

implemented

Angineer on January 24, 2013 at 7:53 PM