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  • EEOC: Obamacare ‘Workplace Wellness’ Programs Neither Voluntary Nor Legal

    12/03/2014 7:04:56 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 44 replies ^ | December 2, 2014 | Barbara Hollingsworth
    ( – The 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA) allowed corporations to reduce their health care costs by rewarding employees for voluntarily participating in workplace “wellness” programs to help them lose weight or stop smoking. But now three of those programs are the target of discrimination lawsuits by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which says they are neither voluntary nor legal. EEOC recently filed its third wellness lawsuit, claiming that Honeywell International, Inc.’s ACA-approved wellness program violates the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Honeywell recently informed employees and their spouses who were enrolled in the company’s health benefits plan that...
  • CEOs representing over 200 major American companies threatening to pull their support of Obamacare

    11/29/2014 12:35:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    * Many CEOs are angry with the Obama administration thanks to three new cases challenging parts of his 'wellness program' * In order to participate in the 'wellness program' and receive a low health care rate under Obamacare, employees must take a physical * Now it is being argued in three cases that forcing someone to take a physical for work violates the Americans with Disabilities Act * The CEOs now have a number of ways they can undermine Obama because of this developmentLeading U.S. CEOs, angered by the Obama administration's challenge to certain 'workplace wellness' programs, are threatening to...
  • New Md. health care delivery system will prioritize wellness ["when the dust settles......"]

    01/11/2014 1:38:50 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 27 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | January 11, 2014 | Gov Martin O'Malley
    "...That's why we're modernizing our unique system. Under the new approach—made possible by the Affordable Care Act and approved by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services—Maryland will implement a groundbreaking new system of health care delivery. Using the rate setting structure, the state will set global budgets and other alternative approaches to payment that reward clinical systems of care for providing improved outcomes at lower costs. Support for this new demonstration has come from a coalition of the hospitals, the insurance companies and the state all working together with a common vision....Under the new model, our hospitals have committed...
  • Say NO to GMOs in Your Food

    06/04/2013 4:55:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 142 replies ^ | June 4, 2013 | Chuck Norris
    On Memorial Day weekend, 2 million people marched in protests against seed giant Monsanto for the purpose of bringing awareness to hazards from genetically modified food, which it and other companies manufacture. Organizer Tami Canal said protests were held in 436 cities in 52 countries. Genetically modified plants are grown from genetically modified, or engineered, seeds, which are created to resist insecticides and herbicides so that crops can be grown to withstand a weed-killing pesticide or integrate a bacterial toxin that can ward off pests. The Chicago Tribune reported that because genetically modified organisms are not listed on food or...
  • I need a lawyer. Any referrals or takers?

    06/28/2012 10:09:34 AM PDT · by fruser1 · 11 replies
    28 June 2012 | self
    Now that obamacare is law of the land, I have a different legal issue with it. The law has "wellness plans" that allows insurance companies to charge more for certain risky behaviors like smoking or being obese. I would think that under equal protection, if they're going to "tax" risky behavior at all, then they need to charge more for ALL risky behavior. For example, if you participate in sports, especially contact sports, you are more likely to incur injury, some of which is life long and debilitating, such as with Christopher Reeve or Charles Krauthamer. Many concussive and spinal...
  • ‘Plus-Size Friendly’ Gym Bans Skinny People

    06/21/2012 3:51:06 PM PDT · by kingattax · 36 replies
    Time ^ | June 21, 2012 | MELISSA LOCKER
    A Canadian gym has banned slim gym rats -- and it's not the only one to do so. As anybody with a gym ID mouldering in their wallet, purse or glove compartment can tell you, there are a lot of obstacles to going to the gym regularly. There’s just not enough time in the day. Gyms are just too expensive. There’s that Real Housewives marathon on Bravo. And then there’s one of the hardest reasons to admit: what if your gym just has too many skinny, healthy people in it? For some gymgoers, a plethora of thin, peppy gym rats...
  • Berwick's Orwellian Wellness Visit

    01/04/2011 8:15:17 AM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    american spectator ^ | 1/4/11 | Robert M. Goldberg
    As reported in this publication, Democrats have been quick to defend Donald Berwick's dead of night inclusion of advanced directive and end of life planning into what is called the Annual Wellness Visit (what most of us call a checkup). They claim it's purely voluntary and that Medicare already covers advanced directive discussions. But the inclusion of the advanced directive and end of life planning is not voluntary, only the patient's discussion is. Doctors are required to bring it up year after year. What's more, noting that Medicare added the discussion of advance directives to the initial physical exam begs...
  • 5 Simple Wellness Strategies

    03/14/2010 7:13:13 PM PDT · by Cindy · 18 replies · 677+ views ^ | Posted: Tuesday, March 9, 2010 | BRYAN FASS
    "5 Simple Wellness Strategies Sometimes Simple is Best" Posted: Tuesday, March 9, 2010 BRYAN FASS Fitness Contributor SNIPPET: "This month, as we rapidly roll into the holiday season I thought it would be a good idea to start thinking about our wellness. As the weather got colder and most of us became less active out doors the pounds slowly began to sneak on and we slowly become more sedentary. As I have been fond of saying year after year, now that it is officially spring, SUMMER IS COMING. So instead of going into a tirade on fitness and nutrition,...
  • Healthcare and Wellness

    01/29/2010 7:26:30 AM PST · by Patriot1259 · 2 replies · 126+ views
    The Cypress Times ^ | 1/29/2010 | Mark Roberts
    Wellness has become the new buzzword in the health care world of the 21st century. Everyone wants to talk about wellness, especially insurance companies and major employers. With wellness programs we can cure the common cause of large butts and employees who are listed as MIA.
  • Your Boss Will Weigh You Now

    12/20/2009 7:58:34 AM PST · by Pining_4_TX · 19 replies · 923+ views
    Junk Food Science Blog ^ | September 27, 2009 | Sandy Szwarc, BSN, RN, CCP
    Ideal health risk indices — from BMI, blood pressure, blood sugars to cholesterol — are mostly euphemisms for thin and young. Those who believe that their own good health is because they eat “right,” exercise and have perfect numbers are often young and upper-income and not old enough to experience age-related changes. Their genetic good fortune is not evidence of good behavior, either. Evidence-based research to date has shown these health indices are primarily measures of aging, genetics and social stresses, and not significantly malleable with “healthful” diets and lifestyles. With aging, the “ideal” numbers of healthy 20-year olds cannot...
  • Wellness Über Alles

    05/10/2008 8:59:30 AM PDT · by neverdem · 20 replies · 126+ views
    American Thinker ^ | May 10, 2008 | anonymous
    A new battlefront in the war to erase politically incorrect civil liberties is taking place across corporate America under the innocuous-sounding banner of "Wellness."  Wellness certainly sounds nice; what kind of person is against wellness?  That sounds as crazy as being anti-hope, or standing in the way of change.  Obviously we all want to be well, but now it appears you won't have much choice in the matter.  Be well or face consequences beyond the state of one's health. But always remember: We're doing this for your own good. The latest thing that's in our best interest is a renewed...
  • (Gov) Doyle (D, WI) Asks State to Shape Up (Life in a Nanny State)

    03/29/2008 4:08:53 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 35 replies · 409+ views ^ | March 28, 2008 | Judith Davidoff
    With Wisconsin having some of the heaviest residents in the country, Gov. Jim Doyle challenged the state today to get in shape with a six-week fitness program. "I want Wisconsin to lead the nation in the number of people taking the Governor's Challenge and leading more active, healthier lifestyles," Doyle said in a statement this morning. "This challenge is focused on motivating people of all ages and abilities to find activities they love, and get moving. Physical activity is extremely important for improving the health of our nation, decreasing obesity rates and reducing the risk of many serious diseases." According...
  • Eye health class teaches Iraqis new skills, promotes wellness

    08/13/2007 6:18:48 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 240+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Spc. Laura M. Bigenho
    BAGHDAD — When Army Maj. Anne Burnley was told she only had 90 days to make a difference in Iraq, she knew she had to come up with something fast. “When I arrived here, I was told (by my commander) to be bold, find a project that was close to my heart and run with it,” Burnley said. The preventive medicine officer deployed to Baghdad in May to support the 358th Civil Affairs Brigade as an individual augmentee. She wanted to begin a medical project that was sustainable and could be done in a short amount of time. After conducting...
  • Healthy Americans Mean A Healthy America

    08/11/2007 11:03:25 PM PDT · by neverdem · 43 replies · 867+ views ^ | August 11, 2007 | Newt Gingrich and Mike Huckabee
    We do not have a health care crisis in this country - we have a health crisis with a health care system incapable of dealing with it. Consider the fact that 75% of the $2 trillion we spend on health care goes toward treating the symptoms of chronic disease, and not toward preventing disease in the first place. Imagine if we were to reverse that model by focusing on prevention, wellness, and early testing, all of which are undervalued and poorly supported today. We would save countless lives, pain and suffering by the victims of chronic conditions, and billions of...
  • (Vanity) Confessions of a Crunchy Con II, or, I Left My Heart in Cans of Crisco

    10/05/2006 11:41:11 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 18 replies · 1,369+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 10-05-2006 | grey_whiskers
    As you may recall, in my last vanity, ”Confessions of a Crunchy Con, or, You Can't Judge a Conservative by his Birkenstocks”, I discussed how I became a “crunchy con”—someone who endorses certain cultural and lifestyle values which have traditionally been associated with the left. In this piece, I follow up with some thoughts about health and lifestyle issues, with application to American society at large. Taking fish oil supplements, despite my misgivings, and finding how successful it was at rejuvenating me, was a real eye-opener. In fact, it got me thinking not just of my own health, but the...
  • (Vanity) Confessions of a Crunchy Con, or, You Can't Judge a Conservative by his Birkenstocks

    10/01/2006 6:35:05 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 48 replies · 2,350+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 10-01-2006 | grey_whiskers
    If I recall correctly, the term “crunchy con” does not refer to someone who has stolen a box of Captain Crunch. It refers to the term “crunchy conservative” and was popularized (if not invented) by Rod Dreher of National Review. For a sample discussion, check out this link. Yes, I know what you’re thinking—“First William F. Buckley comes out for legalization of drugs, and now supposed conservatives are talking of Birkenstocks! Fifth Columnists, all of them!” I wouldn’t blame you for thinking like that. I used to think that way myself. But that was before I joined the ranks of...
  • Hijacked California Healthcare - Needed: conservative watchdogs

    12/15/2005 4:59:13 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 455+ views ^ | 12/15/05 | Chuck Devore
    What has $4.5 billion and provides millions of dollars per year to the left in California and won’t stop until California has universal, government-run, and fully unionized healthcare? The answer, three foundations created by Blue Cross’ conversion from non-profit to for-profit status from the late-80s to the mid-90s: The California Endowment, The California Wellness Foundation and the California HealthCare Foundation. These three entities, hijacked by the liberal activists on their boards, fund political activity, liberal consumer rights groups such as the Consumers Union (the publisher of Consumer Reports), and the ACLU, the CTA teachers union, Planned Parenthood, the National Center...
  • Statement by Campaign Chairman Gov. Marc Racicot

    09/10/2004 5:21:22 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 2 replies · 592+ views
    George W. Bush ^ | September 10, 2004
    ARLINGTON, VA – Bush-Cheney ’04 Campaign Chairman Gov. Marc Racicot today issued the following statement: “Governor Shaheen’s flailing attacks in New Mexico are part of the Kerry campaign’s desperate effort to regain control in a state where one-fourth of Democrats now support the President’s positive agenda for a safer world and more hopeful America. Shaheen knows that Kerry’s out of the mainstream policies ignore the priorities of New Mexico voters – she even agreed with the President's thoughtful stand against the Clinton Roadless Rule and opposed Kerry’s extreme environmentalist position. “The Kerry campaign’s effort to talk down New Mexico’s growing...
  • Statement by U.S. Congressman Kenny Hulshof (R-MO)

    09/10/2004 1:27:32 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 2 replies · 436+ views
    George W. Bush ^ | September 10, 2004
    WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Kenny Hulshof today issued the following statement: “John Kerry is trying to mislead Missouri voters with his attacks on health care costs even though he voted five times for higher Medicare premiums. Kerry opposed the President’s Medicare bill guaranteeing affordable prescription drugs, calling it a ‘phony’ bill. He even called the passage of separate legislation requiring Medicare premium increases a ‘day of vindication.’ The true day of vindication for Missouri doctors and patients will come when Kerry and his Democratic colleagues stop opposing the President’s reforms to curb the medical liability lawsuits that are costing...
  • Kerry's wellness police

    09/09/2004 10:19:42 PM PDT · by Former Military Chick · 16 replies · 544+ views
    Wasington Times ^ | September 10, 2004
    When Bill Clinton suggested that John Kerry talk more about domestic issues in order to boost his sagging presidential campaign, the creation of a new federal Department of Wellness was probably not what the former president had in mind. But that's what Mr. Kerry advocated Wednesday in Greensboro, N.C. MSNBC quoted him as stating that, in an effort to reduce the cost of health-care coverage, "I intend to have not just a Department of Health and Human Services, but a Department of Wellness." In truth, it's probably just a matter of time before the level of ridicule rises to a...
  • Department of Wellness (Kerry wants to create it!)

    09/09/2004 10:33:20 AM PDT · by Cableguy · 52 replies · 1,283+ views
    Kausfiles ^ | 9/9/04 | Mickey Kaus
    "Department of Wellness"! Spirit-crushing foolishness from my candidate, John Kerry. The nation is trying to figure out how to fight global terrorism and he's talking about having "not just a Department of Health and Human Services, but a Department of Wellness." How about a Department of F***ing Perspective? If Bush is smart he'll be ridiculing Kerry about this for the rest of the month. ...Thanks, Iowa! P.S.: Was this harmless "Kerrymeandering" or the more ominous "Kerrypandering"?
  • "The Reagan Years Legitimized Bigotry"--Barbra Streisand

    10/25/2003 5:42:34 AM PDT · by freedom4me · 121 replies · 342+ views
    The Advocate is a national gay and lesbian magazine. Here's what Barbra had to say in their August 17, 1999 issue: "The Reagan years legitimized bigotry. AIDS, which even then affected as many if not more heterosexuals than homosexuals throughout the world, was dismissed as a gay disease with an official homophobic wink, implying that those deaths did not matter because of who was involved.... We are filled with the hope that someday, some way, we will see an end to this human tragedy, but the battle is far from won, and there is a long road still ahead."
  • Flu Misery and Myths or Get off Your Duff and Get a Flu Shot

    10/27/2003 12:15:42 PM PST · by traditionalist · 159 replies · 425+ views ^ | 10/9/2003 | Michael Fumento
    "I once had a bird, her name was Enza!" "I opened the window, and in flew Enza!" Most nursery rhymes may say little to us about history and present dangers. But this one, dating back to the horrific flu pandemic of 1918-1919, reminds us that influenza is highly infectious and can fly across the country with the speed of a bird. It's a reminder to get vaccinated against a preventable disease that reaps over 35,000 American lives a year.