Thursday, October 01, 2009

U.S. Senators Vote to 'Encourage' Healthy Behavior

U.S. senators vote to encourage healthy behavior; Reuters

The Senate Finance Committee voted for an amendment offered by Republican Senator John Ensign and Democrat Thomas Carper that would allow health plans to provide financial incentives for people to quit smoking, exercise more and engage in other healthy activities.

"I believe that the key to achieving savings is to provide rewards for people who engage in healthy behaviors," Ensign argued. The measure passed on a 18-4 vote despite concerns expressed by some Democrats as well as committee Chairman Max Baucus that it could raise insurance premiums for people who do not participate in wellness programs. ...

: Sure...the federal government "encouraging" health about legislating behavior. Freedom is not under threat from terrorists or foreign armies, but legislators!

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