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  • Preventive Care Saves Money? Sorry, It’s Too Good to Be True

    01/29/2018 8:58:00 AM PST · by spintreebob · 25 replies
    NYT ^ | 1/29/2018 | Aaron E. Carroll
    The idea that spending more on preventive care will reduce overall health care spending is widely believed and often promoted as a reason to support reform. It’s thought that too many people with chronic illnesses wait until they are truly ill before seeking care, often in emergency rooms, where it costs more. It should follow then that treating diseases earlier, or screening for them before they become more serious, would wind up saving money in the long run. Unfortunately, almost none of this is true. Let’s begin with emergency rooms, which many people believed would get less use after passage...
  • House GOP would let employers demand workers' genetic test results

    03/10/2017 8:10:21 AM PST · by MarchonDC09122009 · 135 replies
    StatNews ^ | 03/10/2017 | Sharon Begley
    House GOP would let employers demand workers' genetic test results House Republicans would let employers demand workers’ genetic test results By Sharon Begley @sxbegle March 10, 2017 A little-noticed bill moving through Congress would allow companies to require employees to undergo genetic testing or risk paying a penalty of thousands of dollars, and would let employers see that genetic and other health information. Giving employers such power is now prohibited by legislation including the 2008 genetic privacy and nondiscrimination law known as GINA. The new bill gets around that landmark law by stating explicitly that GINA and other protections do...
  • 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...