Tom Thompson 
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Re: “UC Berkeley Drops Health Coverage for Families

Arran, Thanks for adding information that was not stated or was ambiguous in the brief article. Of course I agree that the University should pay for a student's care as per SHIP, etc., but I don't believe U.C. is legally obliged to continue payment of dependents' healthcare. I guess it depends on what your contract says. I was not and am not wealthy. I worked my way through school. The summer I'll remember the most was when I got to work full-time for a guy working on his PhD in pharmaceutical chemistry at UCSF. He had me conducting experiments to try to create a new molecule to be used to treat certain cancers. We confirmed formation of a new molecule, but he didn't complete his work before I graduated, and I was then immediately drafted and forced to move away for years. It's appropriate that parents pay the premiums for their children's healthcare. If you are full-time employees of U.C. as you state/imply, I concur, U.C. should offer you and your family some type of insurance either via Obamacare or other approved plan. Again, if you believe U.C. is doing something illegal, then take them to court. Otherwise, I'm not sure you have any other recourse. During my career I've personally (with an attorney) had to take a multi-billion dollar national healthcare corporation to court because I believed I was wrongfully terminated. (I won after a 2+ year battle of being unemployed. I was well into my career and had barely saved enough money to take such action. If I had lost, my life would have been much different.) I wish you and yours good luck in your search for justice.

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Posted by Tom Thompson on 07/25/2015 at 12:43 AM

Re: “UC Berkeley Drops Health Coverage for Families

Donald, You have done nothing to enlighten me (e.g., taught me anything I did not already know), but you have exposed your own flawed thinking.

You overestimate the "value" of/need for these students to U.C. There are thousands of other equally talented and qualified individuals who can fill the slots (and need healthcare assistance only for themselves) if existing students can't take care of their own personal responsibilities.

You and others are past due in learning/ accepting some "basic facts of life". One is that life is not always fair. If you think you can do something concrete to effect a change you want, take action. Quit whining on here, accomplishing nothing.

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Posted by Tom Thompson on 07/24/2015 at 12:33 PM

Re: “UC Berkeley Drops Health Coverage for Families

Donald, When did people go off-track and believe that, just because they are students, they have a right for U.C. to finance their children's healthcare?
It is now being seen by U.C. as inappropriate (and unaffordable), and, as I've said, laws, regulations, etc. are often changed when it becomes appropriate to do so. It is a parent or sibling's responsibility to take care of their own - not U.C. As I've said, if it means students have to cut back on classes in order to provide care or work more to bring in more money, then they should do that. Too many people shirk their personal responsibilities. You and others who feel they've been wronged by U.C. should stop pontificating here and instead take concrete action, like by filing a lawsuit.

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Posted by Tom Thompson on 07/24/2015 at 11:48 AM

Re: “UC Berkeley Drops Health Coverage for Families

dokusan, I did my undergraduate at Cal and got my postgraduate doctorate in healthcare at UCSF. We weren't offered any kind of healthcare for dependents. I am sorry to hear about your family's health problems, but U.C. is there to teach students, not take care of their families. My family was poor. I had no scholarships. I worked my way through school, taking 3 buses to and from work, while in school full-time. If someone has family issues that need to be attended to, then perhaps they should give serious consideration to dropping back to part-time status or something similar.

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Posted by Tom Thompson on 07/24/2015 at 11:32 AM

Re: “UC Berkeley Drops Health Coverage for Families

Donald, Many laws, regulations, rules, etc. that were appropriate, affordable, etc. a decade ago are no longer appropriate, affordable, etc., and, hence are changed, repealed, etc. If U.C. is as guilty as you say, then you or someone should file a lawsuit against them. Pontificating here will accomplish little, if anything.

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Posted by Tom Thompson on 07/24/2015 at 11:21 AM

Re: “UC Berkeley Drops Health Coverage for Families

dokusan, Just to clarify, I have a doctorate degree from Cal in healthcare and was on the faculty for a few years before pursuing other interests. I suspect I know more about healthcare insurance than you. Have a nice day.

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Posted by Tom Thompson on 07/24/2015 at 11:02 AM

Re: “UC Berkeley Drops Health Coverage for Families

Step-father Phipps and his wife have 3 kids. She is book-smart but appears to have little common sense nor knowledge of contraception. No students should be naive enough to expect a university to provide insurance for their children. A university is not a day-care center with healthcare thrown in. Thanks to Obamacare, they can get insurance for their kids cheaper than if Obamacare had not passed.

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Posted by Tom Thompson on 07/23/2015 at 7:04 PM

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