The House GOP Approves A Shady Bill That Promotes Genetic Testing By Employers On Its Employees

Submitted by: fancylad 2 weeks ago News & Politics

First the facts. The bill HR 1313, if passed, allow employers to offer health insurance premium rebates -- up to 50 percent) to employees who sing up for their company's "wellness programs" that could include taking a "health risk assessment." In short, you'd be allowing your employer to administer a genetics test on you.

A house committee approved the bill with "all 22 Republicans supporting it and all 17 Democrats opposed," according to Business Insider.

Employees won't be forced to submit to a genetics test yet, but the bill notes that according to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, employers could reduce annual health insurance premiums by up to 50 percent if you did partake in the genetics testing.

But once you do enroll, HR 1313 states that businesses are allowed to collect "information about the manifested disease or disorder of a family member" of participating employees.

Uh huh.
There are 14 comments:
Male 97
Like with so many things, if it was used for the greater good to prepare people for situations that may happen down the road, it would be a great tool.  Since greed outweighs common sense, it is simply frightening that it could even be considered as a tool for employers.  
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Male 7,512
Pros and cons on each side.  On one side, getting a cost reduction in coverage because you can prove you don't have genetic predispositions to certain illnesses sounds good.  But it does sound very invasive. 

As long as it's voluntary, I have no issues. As soon as it's not, then it's an issue.

Currently non-smokers get lower premiums than smokers.  How much longer before the insurance company must pre-approve any recreation activities?  "Mr. Grendel, you plan on going skydiving this weekend?  That will be a one-time $3,000 addition to our premium before we can allow it."
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Male 916
megrendel $5000 if you plan to NOT use the parachute.
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Male 6,216
megrendel Insurance is the biggest scam in humanity.
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Male 1,730
I just talked to my wife about this as she recently took some business courses for work.  This topic was brought up and how ILLEGAL the practice was.  Apparently this has been brewing for years now and kept getting shot down for how insanely wrong it is for a business to have that much power over an individual.  I guess we should expect INSANE from here on out.
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Male 6,216
Good Ole Conservatives.  Keeping Government out of our lives...........OH J/K
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Male 257
I can't see any way that this is a good idea.  Folks need to be aware, that the entire basis of the insurance industry is distributed costs.
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Male 1,141
This is such a slippery slope we should just stay away from it, genetics and being fat could just cost you a job. Smoking and drinking, drug use are already used against you. One day only the genetically perfect will be able to get a job.
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Male 105
casaledana This slippery slope is turning into a cliff. You want to watch freedom die? It isn't the liberals that will kill it, despite how hard they try at times.
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Male 4,448
The boss's daughter just reviled she's pregnant! KALRON GET YOUR BUTT IN MY OFFICE NOW!
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Male 1,730
thezigrat Oops, that was the wrong deposit receptacle I guess...
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Male 1,730
Here we go.  Got an unknown condition in your genes that will cost a company money down the road or increase their "new" health insurance premium?  No job for you buddy!

I hate piss tests...but this is WAY overreaching. 

I'ma just ask...how are we depositing the genetics?
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Male 3,118
Sorry Bob but the genetic testing showed up you're an eighth black so we're gonna have to freeze your salary at current levels for a few years.  Oh, and you may find yourself being searched on the way out a lot more... but the good news is your heart is in great shape and you're probably not going to go bald.
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Male 19,981
listypoos Yep, that's one of the next stages of this bill.
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