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UC Irvine students protest health insurance cap
Orange County Register

In the six months that Beck Wehrle has been a student at UC Irvine, he’s racked up nearly $50,000 in medical bills. Wehrle was treated four times for strep throat in fall, and then on Christmas Day, underwent emergency surgery for appendicitis at a cost of $41,000. “I’ve been really unlucky lately; it feels like pretty much every weekend, I’ve been sick,” said Wehrle, 26, a Ph.D. candidate in ecology and evolutionary biology. “I hope I’ll be healthier, not just for the sake of, it’s nice to be healthy, but because of the lifetime limit.”