Will Employers be Blamed for the Latest Obamacare Outrage?
Have you heard about the latest outrage involving Obamacare? CVS, the pharmacy giant, has told its employees in the San Francisco, the Bay Area — and actually around the country, all over the place — every employee at CVS will have to reveal their weight and other health information or pay extra for health coverage.
“The company announced Wednesday what it called ‘A Plan for Health,’ that features a mix of rewards and penalties for employees. Among the measures, employees must report their weight, body fat, cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar levels. Workers must also be tobacco free or enroll in an addiction program by next year.”
All of this because of Obamacare. Now, I tell you what’s gonna happen here. Remember we had the quote, Bernie Marcus, one of the cofounders of Home Depot said he was talking to some fellow friends of his that run businesses. The payroll tax holiday ended on January 1st, so the first paychecks of the year for everybody, their take-home pay went down as the payroll tax was restored. And Bernie Marcus said that a bunch of his friends that run businesses told him that their employees were blaming the employer for this, when it was in fact an Obama tax increase. But the employees were getting mad at their managers and their owners for their paychecks getting smaller. They had no idea what the payroll tax even was. They thought it was something that was assessed by the business.
So what do you think CVS employees are gonna do? Do you think they’re gonna blame Obamacare, or will they blame CVS? CVS can be honest, “No, no, we’re doing this because of Obamacare requirements.”