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Firms to charge smokers, obese more for healthcare

Submitted by on October 31, 2011 – 10:31 am No Comment
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Like a lot of companies, Veridian Credit Union wants its employees to be healthier. In January, the Waterloo, Iowa-company rolled out a wellness program and voluntary screenings.

It also gave workers a mandate – quit smoking, curb obesity, or you’ll be paying higher healthcare costs in 2013. It doesn’t yet know by how much, but one thing’s for certain – the unhealthy will pay more.

The credit union, which has more than 500 employees, is not alone.

In recent years, a growing number of companies have been encouraging workers to voluntarily improve their health to control escalating insurance costs. And while workers mostly like to see an employer offer smoking cessation classes and weight loss programs, too few are signing up or showing signs of improvement.

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Source: Reuters

My Comments:
There are no secrets about my feeling with regards to people who routinely abuse their bodies; I have written about it on few occassions here.  I absolutely believe that those who overeat to obesity and smoke or do both jointly or separately should pay more for healthcare.  I do understand some social implications of this move, and support a case by case review, but for the most part this would be justified. 

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