All the news that’s fit to read
The only sounds are crickets and the distant ruckus of Deb trying to give Rio a bath. I’m relaxing and getting my mind ready for the day ahead when I recall that I forgot to read my AP News summaries on Yahoo this morning.
I debate with myself. The calm evening… or keeping in touch with the world… when I realize I can have my cake and eat it too! I nip inside to fetch my laptop. I surf wirelessly while I chill out mentally, basking under the warmth of the propane fire.
I click on links that catch my fancy, read more, then return to the main page. Then something disturbing catches my eye. The headline is “Some companies penalize for health risks.”
I click through from the summary to the main article. My blood pressure begins to rise as I scan the article. Apparently many companies are now starting to charge more for company health insurance if employees have health risks.
We need no further proof that the basic human right of health care is only given to those that won’t use it. Bastards.
It seems that many companies are now tying the cost of your employee health insurance to your BMI (Body Mass Index), or your blood pressure, or your cholesterol.
So the same SOBs who won’t cover weight loss drugs to help overweight people get healthy now charge more for being fat? That makes sense in a perverted kinda of modern American way, doesn’t it?
To add insult to injury, many in healthcare (including me) regard BMI as bogus. It does not take into account either frame type or muscle mass. Probably some poor weight lifter out there somewhere will have to pay more for his health insurance ‘cause his BMI is not “good enough.”
Luckily, no hint yet of the chill that went down my spine. So if they can get away with charging a premium for weight or BP, how long until they start singling out people with chronic conditions?
I guess it is a darker night than I realized.