However, there is a new twist in the story. Students who are enrolled in the health insurance plan offered by the university are paying for an abortion benefit. There are several problems with this. The first, which I have heard no discussion on at all, is that all of the men on campus are being forced to pay for a benefit that they can never use, even if they wanted to. Leaving morality aside, how can one justify making a minority (i.e. the men on campus) pay for a benefit that is physically impossible for them to use? It seems like a classic case of a demographic majority strong-arming a minority. At least on this level, there is no justification.
There are also certain legal questions surrounding the insurance mandate and the abortion benefit. While I am no abortion legal scholar, this mandatory benefit does seem to at least violate the spirit of the Hyde Amendment and Executive Order 13535, signed by the One Himself. Both of these measures seek to separate federal dollars from the funding of abortions. However, given that the university has made this health insurance mandate a mandatory part of UNC's cost of attendance, you can pay for your health insurance with financial aid dollars. So, if you have a Federal Pell Grant or a Federal Stafford Loan, you can use that money to pay for your health insurance and the abortion benefit. This is particularly significant given that the federal government has just annexed the entire student loan industry and there are few other ways to pay for school but through the federal government. UNC has effectively created a situation where the federal government directly funds the procurement of abortions.
However, UNC has attempted to mitigate this problem. You can now opt out of the abortion benefit. However, as theDaily Tar Heel notes, your insurance premium remains the same. You would think that if you are no longer receiving the benefit, you no longer have to pay for said benefit, and your premiums would fall. If your insurance premium remains the same, are you not still paying for the benefit? While it's all well and nice that you can opt out of getting abortions, if you're still paying for them, that kind of defeats the purpose of opting out.
UNC continues to amaze me. I hadn't thought that the health insurance mandate could possibly get any worse.