With Georgia looking for new revenue opportunities, why not look at this innovative idea from our water hogging neighbor to the west?
Alabama, pushed to second in national obesity rankings by deep-fried Southern favorites, is cracking down on state workers who are too fat.
The state has given its 37,527 employees a year to start getting fit — or they’ll pay $25 a month for insurance that otherwise is free.
I love some of the responses as to why these employees feel no personal responsibility for their “situation”:
“It’s terrible,” said health department employee Chequla Motley. “Some people come into this world big.”
Computer technician Tim Colley already pays $24 a month for being a smoker and doesn’t like the idea of another charge. “It’s too Big Brotherish,” he said.
“I’m big and beautiful and doing my best to keep my stress levels down so I can stay healthy,” Daufin said. “That’s big, not lazy, not a glutton and certainly not deserving of the pompous, poisonous disrespect served up daily to those of us with more bounce to the ounce.”
“The state will feel good about itself for offering something and the person of size will end up paying $300 a year for the bad luck of having a chronic disease his/her state-sponsored insurance program failed to cover in an appropriate and meaningful fashion,”
So now, the inability to differentiate from the Golden Corral and a feeding trough is a “chronic disease”? These folks will be given the opportunity to adopt a wellness program with free additional screenings, and will not be charged as long as they stick to the program.
Or, they can pay $25/month to offset the approximate $150/month extra they cost the state in their current condition.
I would have no problem if GA implemented this program for state employees.