Employees of the national pharmacy store chain CVS just got a hard pill to swallow.
Workers who use the company’s health insurance plan were told to get a doctor’s assessment of their weight, blood pressure and other health indicators to turn over to the insurer. If they don’t, they will have to pay a $600 a year penalty, the Boston Herald.
Rhode Island-based CVS Caremark, which has 200,000 employees, gave its insured workers until May 1 to have the “voluntary,” company-sponsored “health screening and wellness reviews.”
“Our benefits program is evolving to help our colleagues take more responsibility for improving their health and managing health-associated costs,” CVS spokesman Michael D’Angelis told the Herald.
Such programs could become more common under Obamacare, the Huffington Post reports.
The health reform law allows employers to impose penalties on workers who don’t participate in company wellness programs. Workers who don’t meet certain health goals like body mass index could even have to pay more for health coverage under the law.
Obamacare could be a precursor to what is coming next. Lose weight or lose your job, stop smoking or lose your job, what next? Stop eating red meat or you lose your job and so on? With employers having to pay something like $65 a head to the government for each employee they insure, they have to cut costs of health insurance some way. This would be just the start of the new government endorsed liberal Nanny State, think Mayor Bloomberg on steroids where liberals tried to control what soft drinks citizens drink in New York city.