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Wellness Amendment Added To O-Care

From a press release from Senator John Ensign’s website:


Bipartisan amendment will incentivize Americans to participate in healthy behaviors

Washington, D.C. – Senators John Ensign (R-NV) and Tom Carper (D-DE), members of the Senate Finance Committee, today won strong support from both sides of the aisle for an amendment to the Senate Finance Committee’s healthcare reform bill that will incentivize Americans to lead healthy lifestyles in order to lower their overall healthcare costs. The amendment passed with overwhelming support from both parties with a vote of 18-4.

“Weight gain and unhealthy lifestyles that focus on smoking and lack of exercise have sky-rocketed our healthcare costs.  These costs could be lowered by focusing on what makes us healthy – through weight loss programs, smoking cessation and preventive care.  Voluntary employee participation in these areas should naturally be reflected in lower healthcare costs,” Ensign said.  “My amendment would guarantee that the incentive is strong enough for Americans to want to participate.  This isn’t just about offering financial incentives; this is about making Americans healthier.”

Under current Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) wellness program regulations, health plans can offer financial rewards to individuals based on achieving a certain health goal only if certain criteria are met.  The current reward threshold is limited to less than 20% of the total cost of the employee’s coverage.  The Ensign-Carper amendment will increase the existing reward to 30% and give secretarial discretion to increase the reward to 50%.

The Ensign-Carper amendment will also provide waivers to participants who cannot meet the applied standard due to a medical condition.

The amendment could increase savings to the healthcare system over the long-term by incentivizing healthier behaviors and putting less of a strain on our healthcare system. 

Are these not re-education camps of the mind?

Sure, they are voluntary now.  And of course they are for our own good.

But isn’t that what they always say?

By the way, Mr. Ensign is a Republican – from Nevada.

God help us.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, October 1st, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “Wellness Amendment Added To O-Care”

  1. marinetbryant says:

    And Saratoga Springs,NY bans kids from walking or cycling to school. Welcome to Wellville.


  2. proreason says:

    The human body wants to store fat.

    It evolved as a survival mechanism. Skinny people didn’t survive hard times as well as people who stored fat, so genes that would prevent fat storage were deselected because their owners died.

    So now we must violate nature.

    So some bureaucrat can feel superior.

    ja vol

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      And of course, with president twig-boy as the poster child.

      But, not all fat has been eliminated. Probably that big thing on top of his neck is mostly fat. The rest is full of…well, you know.

  3. Confucius says:

    You know what else is unhealthy?


  4. TwilightZoned says:

    “Weight gain and unhealthy lifestyles that focus on smoking and lack of exercise have sky-rocketed our healthcare costs.

    “Voluntary employee participation in these areas should naturally be reflected in lower healthcare costs,” Ensign said.

    Voluntary…Yea, uh huh, right.

    Weight gain: So in order to be “well” will the entire fast food industry
    be so heavily taxed people severely cut back or give it up in total?
    Sure works if taxes and increased unemployment are the goals.

    Smoking: Anyone told Barry yet?

    Exercise: Guess we’ll all have mandated memberships to the Y
    where you get a choice of basketball or basketball, complete with sign-in
    sheets and weekly weigh-ins. All of which is reported to the government
    in an effort to catch and tax you if you’re not a good little boy or girl.

  5. Liberals Demise says:

    Gubbamint run ‘Fat Farms’……… sheesh!!

  6. proreason says:

    Let’s make a list:

    Trans Fats
    Peanut Butter
    Soft Drinks
    Unprotected sex
    Yelling at children
    Not getting enough sleep
    Crossing streets without looking
    Driving when you are tired…..

    Well, the list could have a thousand entries. There are at least a thousand things you do that you would probably be better off if you didn’t do them.

    How far do you want to let them go?

    Who should be running your life?

    I know what they think.

  7. bitterclinger says:

    A “discount” for a healthy life style is a very thinly disguised penalty for indulgences.

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