21 Mar 2013 ObamaCare’s “Slippery Slope” Could Threaten Job Security of Unfit
On the 3/21/13 edition of CNBC’s “Street Signs,” Jeff Stier — the director of the National Center’s Risk Analysis Division — talks about a collision of health and privacy issues in the workplace that have resulted since the introduction of ObamaCare.
CVS Caremark, the drug store chain, is imposing a $50-a-month penalty on employees who refuse to be weighed, measured and have their blood drawn as part of a company-sponsored wellness program. Jeff points out that, even though this is a private company likely within its rights to impose some restrictions on its employees, this is “a slippery slope.” He said this is “an unintended consequence of ObamaCare that health care costs are going up and companies are trying to do more” to keep from having to pay out more in order to comply with government mandates.
Addressing the notion that judging employees on their lifestyle choices could be discriminatory, Jeff criticizes Meme Roth of National Action Against Obesity for approving of “selective” hiring practices for those considered to be making bad choices while considering selective hiring based on race, gender or class to be discriminatory.