Professor Urges ‘Civil Resistance’ to New Penn State Health-Care Rules

July 30, 2013

A professor at Pennsylvania State University is encouraging faculty members to protest a $1,200 annual fine the institution plans to levy on employees who do not comply with new health-care requirements, and he says they should undermine the plan by purposefully giving inaccurate answers on a wellness questionnaire that is part of it. The professor, Matthew C. Woessner, an associate professor of political science and public policy at Penn State's Harrisburg campus, has written an open letter to Penn State employees, titled "A Call for Action and Civil Resistance," that is posted on the blog of the Pennsylvania chapter of the American Association of University Professors.