Remember the days when you could be denied health coverage because the number on the scale was too high? Not really? Me either. But according to a new report, that could be the cause of some people being rejected due to potential health concerns. Now, honestly, I think everybody should have a right to health coverage – so I’m not really sure I agree with declining anybody, though, I can see a reason for them doing it (from a financial and legal standpoint) in rare instances. Still – this is getting to be a bit much.
According to the said report, employees typically have to step on a scale, have their waistline measured and get blood drawn to test cholesterol and glucose levels. Now – I get the blood drawing. You want to know if the person has any health issues or diabetes or something, but, are they really going to use one’s weight against them?
Some people are saying that employers may start looking for “skinnier” potential employees to keep health coverage costs down, which just seems insane and pretty stupid to me. I really hope we don’t ever see something like that. That’s not the kind of world any of us ever want to live in!