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Friday, October 16, 2009

You won't have to pay more, except when you will.....

I thought one of the big caveats of the healthcare reform we need so badly is there would no longer be a disparity between the healthy and unhealthy? .
......Which frankly I don't understand anyway. If your a terrible driver, you pay more for insurance. Anyway, it would seem that the gap still exists, it just going to be hidden now. Hey what do you know-it's the Washington way!
Get in shape or pay a price.

That's a message more Americans could hear if the health care reform bills passed by the Senate Finance and Health committees become law. By more than doubling the maximum rewards and penalties that companies can apply to employees who flunk medical evaluations, the bills could put workers under intense financial pressure to lose weight, stop smoking or even lower their cholesterol.

The initiative, largely eclipsed in the health care debate, builds on a trend that is already in play among some corporations and that more workers will see in the packages they bring home during this month's open enrollment. Some employers offer lower premiums to people who complete personal health assessments; others offer only limited benefit packages to smokers. The current legislative effort takes the trend a step further.
Hmm, so much for leveling the playing field for everyone. Not only will employers (and big insurance) solely benefit from charging higher premiums to people that are deemed "unhealthy" by some unknown chart and unknown criteria, but soon we will no longer be talking about only "health" issues, but also your lifestyle choices. Trust me it won't end with your weight and your cigarettes once they get control.