Lawmakers gotta lawmake

or, “just in case you thought republicans were your friends…”

You could soon have to share your genetic screen results with your boss

A bill that would strip genetic privacy protections from workplace “wellness” programs, allowing companies to require employees to undergo genetic testing or risk paying stiff penalties, was approved in the US by a House committee on Wednesday.

All 22 Republicans supported passage of HR 1313, known as the Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act.

See, that’s the problem with legislators. They want people to think they’re smart, and they’re told that smart people read books. But that’s too much like work, so they order their minions to watch films for them instead. And some up-and-coming hotshot on the staff saw Gattaca and thought the cars looked cool, and the next thing we know…

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3 Responses to Lawmakers gotta lawmake

  1. Robert says:

    Didn’t some would-be candidate for something campaign as a member of the Leave-Me-The-Hell-Alone Party? Hey, I can say stuff containing little detail. I’m qualified to be a politic… -kack-cough. Something caught in my throat. Nevermind.

    Seriously, having hard data would possibly make for better health plans. Or more profit for the insurance folks. Or maybe shy-high premiums for the high-risk folks. Sigh.

  2. Ben says:

    What it will really mean is that high-risk folks mysteriously won’t be able to find a job, but nobody will tell them why, because that information will be available to prospective employers or anyone else with the money to buy it.

    Regardless of what they say… Once that information is owned by your employer, it will eventually reside with your company’s health insurance company. And health insurance companies sell/buy/share information!

  3. MJR says:

    That whole “If it saves one miserable wretches life” excuse for this kind of privacy intrusion is pure BS. So far this stupidity hasn’t translated into action up here north of the border but one of these days it will. Makes me glad not to be in the workforce rat race any more because more and more the rats are winning.

To the stake with the heretic!