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senate Bill S. 620

Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act

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      senate Committees
      Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
    IntroducedMarch 2nd, 2015
    This is a slippery slope and the sponsors of the bill have exposed a deeply inhuman side of their personalities. This opens the door to government sanctioned eugenics. You cannot be serious. I don't care what your politics are, an individual's genetic make up and predispositions must remain private. There is no excuse for this unless you are planning on a police state that relies on eugenics and plans to use this information as a bludgeon,or want to enable widespread corporate culture that is allowed to intimidate and coerce and judge employees without regard to their basic civil rights and privacy.
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    Eugenics, anyone?! This is an invasion of privacy with serious Nazi undertones... if you refuse to give your genetic information under the guise of statistically unsuccessful "wellness programs," you will be penalized. no on this bill and why is this not getting more press!
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    This would be retro dated to 2010? This is not for wellness. It's completely intent to discriminate, and help employers keep insurance rates low. So much for draining the swamp. Please do your job and represent the people's rights. This has gone on for too long.
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    Allowing collection of genetic data is completely inappropriate.
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    This is absolutely ridiculous. Nobody can control their genetic makeup. This sounds so much like Nazism that it makes me sick. I would never work for a company that required this.
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    First thing that hit was the blatant lie regarding how this bill would undermine basic privacy provisions of the Americans With Disabilities Act not to mention the 2008 GINA (Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act) it specifically prohibits discrimination by health insurers AND employers based on the information that people carry in their genes. The ONLY exception that allows for employees to provide that information as part of VOLUNTARY participation of wellness programs! No incentives,for providing your DNA nor penalties for not providing it. But H.R. 1313 would allow employers to impose penalties of up to 30% of the total cost of an employee's health insurance on those who choose to keep that information private. Yet there are those in the business community argue that competing regulations in federal laws make it too difficult to offer wellness programs. If that is the case why create this bill? It is wrong wrong wrong. It is an outright invasion of privacy. Do not pass this bill. Sponsoring this bill from the Education and Workforce Committee is seemingly quite handy. Try a search for H.R.1313 it doesn't come up, but rather type Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act. Countable, you need to do better.
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    Please vote no.
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    This is grossly unacceptable. This is a breach of privacy for employees and the potential financial/social outcomes are cruel. Companies would be able to use wellness programs to collect data about employees that would ultimately results in different employees paying different costs for insurance. Is this a continuation of health care being a privilege and not a right?
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    Wrong and too easy to exploit. I've got a workaholic millennial in my family. To see his opportunities limited because of an act such as this is intolerable.
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    I am opposed to this bill and the collection of data on employees. I have never been a big fan of employee workplace wellness programs. The employer can use this data to discriminate against people due to current or future genetic issues or disabilities. Employees should be graded on the quality of their work not their genetics.
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    This is requesting private information and making it legal to punish any who refuse to participate. There is nothing right about that, neither morally or legally. This entire notion is unethical and should not be passed further. I will be paying very close attention to how my representatives vote on this matter. Anyone who allows this to pass will not be acting for the people, but against our well-being. I will not vote for someone who would willingly put us in jeopardy.
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    This is s dangerous road to travel down, especially with this White House. A resounding NO on this one.
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