CVS’ ‘Progressive’ New Health Plan Forces Employees to Surrender Their Privacy
March 21, 2013 - 9:07 am
CVS pharmacies is responding to ObamaCare by ordering its employees to reveal deep personal information or face higher insurance premiums.
The company announced Wednesday what it called “A Plan for Health,” that features a mix of rewards and penalties for employees.
Among the measures, employees must report their weight, body fat, cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar levels. Workers must also be tobacco free or enroll in an addiction program by next year.
As Yakov Smirnov might say, in Soviet Russia, your pharmacy prescribes YOU.
Employees who refuse will have to pay $50 more for health coverage each month, totaling $600 a year.
In a video released by CVS, a top executive said the plan is progressive and cutting edge. “These changes aren’t just about costs, they’re about us, each of us taking personal accountability for our own health,” said Lisa Bissacia, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer.
She has a point. The CVS plan is quite progressive, in that progressives really don’t believe in the private sphere other than its utility as a wedge issue. They believe in privacy when it comes to abortion, for instance, but not when it comes to how large a soda you want to drink, whether you want to own a firearm, or whether you would like to not have to subsidize other people’s lifestyle choices. Your dollars aren’t really yours, they’re just dollars the government hasn’t chosen to take away from you.