Tuesday, September 26, 2006

More Rip-Offs

For those who don't follow the medical news, the FDA finally approved a vaccine for the prevention of HPV and cervical cancer over the summer. In more bad news for health care at NYU, while the health center does offer the vaccine, it is not covered by health insurance and runs a total of $456 at the Student Health Center. How are students (whether grad employees, undergrads, or professional students) supposed to afford to protect themselves against cancer?

In other news, the Wall Street Journal published an article today on city minimum wage laws. The article is really a debate between two economists, and the one opposed to city minimum wage laws provides a nice glimpse into the type of argument that suggests workers are better off making less money. But what this article really points out, which is not at all covered in the article (seeing as the commentators are economists rather than sociologists) is the fact that the limitations to citywide minimum wage laws occur because they are limited to the borders of cities. If the national minimum wage was increased to $10, WalMart couldn't just pull up and move to the suburbs; it would be forced to pay the wage to stay in business. That's why the labor movement needs to focus on national struggles rather than only local ones.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

How are students (whether grad employees, undergrads, or professional students) supposed to afford to protect themselves against cancer?

Uh hello: try using condoms.

9/26/2006 6:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I dreamed I saw Joe Hill last night
And he thought you were a bunch of loser dicks too!


Samuel Gompers

9/26/2006 8:01 PM  
Anonymous Ralph Chaplin said...

Condoms don't protect 100% against HPV.

Samuel Gompers was a virulent racist, Joe Hill's spectral presence is disgusted by your misappropriation, and the chorus of idiotic anonymous posts on this blog needs to stop now as it's neither remotely constructive nor at all warranted.

9/27/2006 2:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Condoms don't protect 100% against HPV."

Okay: then please don't have sex. The world would be better off without you folks reproducing!

It's not NYU's responsibility to take care of your HPV problems. Take the initiative to have safe responsible sex with partners whom you know--not with partners you met at the TWUA rally.

Go Samuel Gompers! You're my hero!!

9/27/2006 3:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

By the logic of the posters in hear, no one should have any medical coverage at all. Measles, mumps, rubella? Na, just stay locked up in your house all day and you won't get them. Have a broken arm? Not the bosses' problem. Quit work and beg in the streets.

Health care is an important part of the benifits structure for employment in the U.S. because of our terrible position on national health care viz a viz other industrialized nations. And so yeah, it is NYU's problem to pay for our medical care.

9/27/2006 4:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"And so yeah, it is NYU's problem to pay for our medical care."

Your post indicates that you have a problem with logic (and spelling).

NYU won't let students register if they haven't been immunized for measles, mumps, and rubella. Yes, those diseases pose a risk to the general population, and are communicable through air-born contact.

To pay for necessary medical care and preventative care is different than to pay for a vaccination so that you can fuck at your indiscretion. I suppose you're one of these people who would like NYU to pay for your abortions, too?

Take some responsibility for your life, you future welfare recipients and unemployment collectors!

9/27/2006 5:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, NYU already pays for abortions.

9/28/2006 1:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does any health insurance plan cover this HPV vaccine yet?

9/28/2006 3:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your blog criticizes pretty much everything about the university. Why don't you go somewhere else? Surely NYU is not the only university in the world that you can obtain your PhD from. You have nothing positive to say anyway, and you don't seem to appreciate the educational opportunities you are receiving. There are so many other deserving scholars who would be happy to take your place.

9/28/2006 8:47 AM  
Blogger Bread and Roses said...

Let me try to tell you, most recent anonymous commentor, a little bit about the way graduate education works. When you choose a department in which to do your graduate study, you make that decision primarily based on the charectaristics of that department rather than on the external charectaristics of the university. So I have lots of positive things to say about my department, but they are not particularly relevant to a blog about GSOC.

Furthermore, one of the reasons I was convinced to come to NYU in the first place is because we had a union at the time at which I started. Now we don't, and that makes me like the University much less. However, the appropriate response is not to give up and drop out, but rather to stay and fight to make the place better by getting the union back.

9/28/2006 9:19 AM  
Blogger Bread and Roses said...

And in answer to whether other health insurance plans cover the vaccine:

--The federal government pays for it for those age 19 and under if they have access to certain clinics (http://www.cdc.gov/std/HPV/STDFact-HPV-vaccine.htm#hpvvac4)

--According to the American cancer society (http://www.cancer.org/docroot/CRI/content/CRI_2_6x_FAQ_HPV_Vaccines.asp) NYU is over-charging for the cost (It should be "only" $360)

--A general search of the Internet suggests that Aetna, WellPoint, Kaiser, and others are offering coverage. And at other universities like MIT, females ages 9-26 covered by the comprehensive school insurance will pay only $60.

9/28/2006 8:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"And at other universities like MIT, females ages 9-26 covered by the comprehensive school insurance will pay only $60."

Gosh, 9 year-olds at MIT. They sure start them young. Are you perhaps one of those nine year old prodigies? You sure ACT like a nine year old whiner and nitwit online.

9/28/2006 9:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Bread and Roses meant to say 19 -26, but the "1" got left off. B&R is not as whiny and pretentious as the other "bloggers." For example, Sphincter of Marx is just UNBEARABLY, tragically outraged about everything! Karl Marx would kick his pewling ass if he came back from commie hell!

9/28/2006 10:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're right, B&R is kind of funny. She's alright.

Sphincter of Marx should be renamed as "Bleeding Heart Chlamydia." He's a total twit.

9/29/2006 8:32 AM  
Blogger Bread and Roses said...

Actually, no, I did mean 9 and didn't leave off anything. See the MIT news release at http://web.mit.edu/medical/a-pressreleases.html#gardisil. It is mostly highly recommended and most likely to be covered by insurance for girls between the ages of 10 and 13, according to what I have read. The idea is that it is most effective if you take it before you have had sex for the first time, so you should get it early.

9/29/2006 10:53 AM  

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