Thursday, October 13, 2011

ACLU Steps Up

...Just came across this on the Forces International page:

About time! Twenty states discriminate against smokers, thirty states do not and neither does the District of Columbia. Slowly the ACLU has been going state by state to end discrimination against any smoker, obese individual, those that drink alcohol, have high cholesterol levels, or ride motorcycles.

Corporations do not own you or have rights to your body. We hope they are successful in all 50 states.

Wowza! It is about time!

ACLU Steps Up

Legislative Briefing Kit: Lifestyle Discrimination in the Workplace

The early Americans adopted the Bill of Rights to limit the government's involvement in their lives and modern Americans demonstrate the same unwillingness to tolerate intrusion whether by government or by employer.

Here! Here!!

Employees who have lifestyles the employer considers unhealthy are required to pay more for their company health insurance. Some employers say they are charging unhealthy employees a premium over their "normal" rate, some say they are giving healthy employees a discount. Either way, one employee is paying more for their health care than another.

Where, prey tell are all of those tobacco taxes (that we smokers pay in higher proportions, as compared to any other group) going? We smokers are already paying for our health insurance, but yet we have to pay more? I sure hope that the ACLU takes this fact into account. We are simultaneously getting ripped off by both the insurance industry and by that of our own government. This extortion needs to stop.

People will take jobs, not reveal their lifestyle, and hope the employer doesn't find out. When this occurs, employers will have to hire spies to follow people away from work and/or require frequent universal medical testing (such as urinalysis) in order to enforce the policy.

...Kind of reminds me of this group of friendly folks:

It was widely regarded as one of the most effective and repressive intelligence and secret police agencies in the world.

Between 1950 and 1989, the Stasi employed a total of 274,000 people in an effort to root out the class enemy.

Full-time officers were posted to all major industrial plants (the extensiveness of any surveillance largely depended on how valuable a product was to the economy)[9] and one tenant in every apartment building was designated as a watchdog reporting to an area representative of the Volkspolizei (Vopo).[13] Spies reported every relative or friend who stayed the night at another's apartment.[13] Tiny holes were drilled in apartment and hotel room walls through which Stasi agents filmed citizens with special video cameras.[13] Schools, universities, and hospitals were extensively infiltrated.[13]

Yes, this really happened, and it's happening again. This time it's taking places right here in the United States.

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