Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Who Controls The Paycheck Calls The Shots

Reuters published a piece about employees healthcare costs. In it they said, "Beginning in 2014, the law known as Obamacare raised the financial incentives that employers are allowed to offer workers for participating in workplace wellness programs and achieving results. The incentives, which big business lobbied for, can be either rewards or penalties - up to 30 percent of health insurance premiums, deductibles, and other costs, and even more if the programs target smoking."

I have a flash for that reporter. The company I worked for did this over 9 years ago. Long before Obamacare.

The article cited one woman who refused to "voluntarily" go to her employer's doctor group for a health screening and it now cost her $4,500 a year more.

People can blame Obama, the previous generation, their employer or whoever they choose. The fact is until workers develop the gonads to unite and stand up for themselves this will only continue to get worse. I cannot fathom for the life of me why people these days refuse to stand up for themselves as a group. I never dreamt the day would come employers would be allowed to dictate if someone's too fat, drinks, smokes, doesn't have a car, a phone or anything else they don't like would be tolerated by their workers.

Companies don't hire people as a favor. They need workers as much as workers need them. It's a partnership and it's about time workers start laying the boundaries between what companies can say and not say they can do when they're not on the clock with their personal time and beings. Anyone not willing to stand up for themselves to be respected should not expect their employers to treat them differently then they have been. Don't look for outside help. Government won't do it. Companies won't either.

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