So did anyone hear this story?
You know, I’m probably going to piss off a lot of people for this, but I agree with most of his actions. Personally, I think that if someone intentionally does harm to their own body, they should lose their employer’s health benefits. Health insurance costs are absolutely insane in this country and sure, a good chunk of it has to do with lawyers and the corrupted greed in the business. However, part of it also has to do with the people that are covered who are being reckless with their own lives. If you smoke, you are ruining your body and will most likely die a pretty gruesome death from it, so why should I pay for your benefits when you don’t even care about your own life? The same goes for people who abuse drugs (both legal and not legal), who drink too much alcohol, who don’t wear seat belts, who are grossly overweight, etc. If you are INTENTIONALLY doing your body harm, you should stop making others pay for your health benefits and you need to fully fund your own. Then we’ll see who puts their lives on the straight and narrow path mighty quickly eh? However, I really do not believe you have to fire your own employees but, let’s not forget this is his private business and I’ve always believed private business owners have the right to do as they see fit with their business. I think if he just outright cancelled their benefits, it would be more acceptable than losing their jobs. Also, making them not smoke at home is a bit over the top, mostly because there is no way to enforce it if you really think about it.
Heck, even I understand first hand what can happen to you if you start mistreating your body. Around September of last year, I was up to 250 pounds and had to take many more sick days, I always felt like crap and what drove the point home was that I had started to get problems with my heart. Thankfully no permanent damage was done in that area, but you better believe it light a fire under my ass to do something about it. As of the moment of writing this, I am now at 205 and steadily heading down in weight. I feel much better, my cholesterol dropped 30 points and blood pressure is steadily normalizing and I haven’t been at all ill since I was heavier. From an employee’s point of view I know for a small amount of time, I contributed to the high costs of the health insurance in my company and I feel pretty fucking bad about it. I know when we have to renew our benefits contracts the next time around, a small chunk of the raised prices are because of me. What lets me down the most is the fact that if I had treated my own health and body better, it none of my health problems partially causing the raise would have never happened.
What do you all think about this possibly important precedent setting issue?