PSi still pays for a team of 4 plus an extra person (slam master, coach, alternate, 5th poet, etc) to go to all events for free. This is the first year that we are bringing a 6th person, a coach, to nats. While I admittedly forgot about the coach not being covered, we were able to get it paid for with a minor shift in fundraising and will still make it. Getting 6 people into hotel rooms is much more of a concern.
Next year, we may go back to just bringing 5 people, but it won't be because of the extra pass. Calling it a finger in the eye is pure hyperbole.