The Orange County Register
July 22, 2001
"Stanford cuts HMOs for dependents"
By Margie Mason, The Associated Press
"About 250 students with dependents received letters earlier this month informing them a new health-care plan would be offered, but a premium increase of as much as 60% was expected. Many students said they can't afford those rates and were embarrassed by an accompanying flyer detailing public-assistance plans available for low- or middle-income families in Santa Clara County."
Jeffrey Martin, an engineering doctoral student with a wife and fivechildren:
"I feel appalled that a world-class university like Stanford would let a situation come about whereby implying students should get public assistance for their dependents."
Comment: Really? The university of such notables as Alain Enthoven and Milton Friedman is endorsing public-assistance health plans for family members of their own students? Surely it must be a practicum in applied economics. They wouldn't really.... Naw, it must be a joke. Some sense of humor!