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    Examiner: Health insurance industry driving employer to fire targeted workers for better group rate

    The Examiner reports on privacy concerns for employees’ medical information:

    If America needed any more evidence that the health insurance industry has taken over the US economy, one only need look as far as a small city in Florida. The Mayor there wants to fire employees who use tobacco in the privacy of their own homes, so the city can get a better rate on their group health insurance policy.

    Brooksville Mayor Lara Bradburn said,“Eliminating tobacco use would help decrease city insurance rates — at cost savings to taxpayers.”

    Apart from the possibility that Constitutional rights to privacy may be violated, the concept of regulating the personal habits of individuals when away from their workplace, under threat of their livelihood, may change the standards of how far any government entity or employer can go to achieve control of personal freedom.

    One Response to “Examiner: Health insurance industry driving employer to fire targeted workers for better group rate”

    1. steve Says:

      When they came for the smokers, I said nothing, because I quit smoking many years ago.
      When they came for the hard-liquor drinkers, I said nothing, because I prefer beer anyway.
      When they came for the deep-fat-fryers, I said nothing, because everyone knows that’s bad.
      When they came for the high-cholesterol steak eaters, I said nothing, because I can’t afford it.
      When they came for the breakfast-sausage eaters, I was upset, but where should I complain?

      When they came for me, there was no one left to speak out.

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