Franciscan University Drops Student Health Plans Over ObamaCare

By:  Brian Koenig
05/17/2012
       
Franciscan University Drops Student Health Plans Over ObamaCare

Franciscan University, a Catholic school in Steubensville, Ohio, announced Tuesday it will be terminating its student health insurance program, thanks to ObamaCare’s contraception mandate and new costs stemming from other provisions of the healthcare law. The university has so far refrained from offering contraceptive products and services with its student health program, and said it refuses to participate in a plan that “requires us to violate the consistent teachings of the Catholic Church on the sacredness of human life.”

 Franciscan University, a Catholic school in Steubensville, Ohio, announced Tuesday it will be terminating its student health insurance program, thanks to ObamaCare’s contraception mandate and new costs stemming from other provisions of the healthcare law. The university has so far refrained from offering contraceptive products and services with its student health program, and said it refuses to participate in a plan that “requires us to violate the consistent teachings of the Catholic Church on the sacredness of human life.”

In addition to citing the mandate as religiously oppressive, university officials said a rule requiring a maximum coverage amount to be increased to $100,000 would have boosted their insurance premiums to obscene levels. One official told Fox News Radio that a basic $600 policy was slated to double in cost this fall and triple in cost next year. The institution’s insurance provider contended that the premium hikes are an unfortunate casualty of President Obama’s healthcare overhaul.

"This is putting people in a position where they are having to choose between their faith and their morality, and now an unjust cost," said Mike Hernon, Franciscan University’s vice president of advancement. "These sorts of regulations from the government are forcing our hand in a way that's really wrong." Furthermore, Hernon added that ObamaCare’s numerous regulations are “unconscionable” and they represent a “moral and economic injustice.”

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