George Washington mandatory health care plans irk groups of students

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George Washington University student leaders are in an outrage after they say several groups of students on the Washington campus were compelled to purchase thousands of dollars worth of University-sponsored health insurance, despite having their own health care plans.

The GW Hatchet reports that students in the medical, nursing and public health schools, along with international students, were forced to pay $2,200 for a school-sponsored health care plan - one that they say wasn't even announced until July.

The Hatchet says that students who already had insurance were charged regardless of their existing coverage.

"The waiver process is supposed to be for people who have a legitimate level of coverage," George Washington international student Mobibul Islam, who already has health care coverage through his parents, told the Hatchet. "I have that, but I'm being denied a waiver."