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December 2, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Corporations Tell Smoking Employees To Pay More For Health Insurance

Via: Huffington Post

If you smoke, you’ll pay more. That’s the message and policy coming out of some of the country’s largest corporations.

As of July 1, employees at Macy’s who admit to using tobacco will be charged an extra $420 a year for health coverage, reports Bloomberg Businessweek.

Macy’s is joining the ranks of companies like PepsiCo, which requires its smoking employees pay an extra $600 year, and publisher Gannett, which charges an additional $720. Some companies like Humana, Union Pacific and Scotts Miracle-Gro flat out refuse to hire smokers.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, smoking costs the U.S. more than $193 billion a year, and a smoking employee is 18 percent more expensive for employers than a nonsmoker, reports the magazine.

Companies can either cut benefits or do what they can to reduce lifestyle choices that lead to higher medical costs:

Businesses also are looking at how they can get workers to keep closer tabs on their health. Scotts Miracle-Gro cuts insurance rates up to $60 monthly for workers and spouses who get their weight, cholesterol and blood pressure checked regularly. Union Pacific offers free fitness club access.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/06/companies-tell-smoking-employees-to-pay-up_n_891498.html

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personal thought:

I’ve never smoked, and I’m fully aware of how tough it is to quit.

But, fuck ya, if you want to smoke, pay, and PAY BIG!

July 7, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Reagan Budget Director Stockman: “Ryan’s budget FAILS to acomplish . . .

the only thing it sets out to do — solve the deficit — despite claims from Washington journalists that his plan is “serious.”

VIA: Think Progress

FREELAND: You worked for Ronald Reagan. Do you think the American economy — so you’re, like, a red-blooded capitalist — could it sustain higher taxes than it has now?

STOCKMAN: Absolutely. In 1982, we were looking at the jaws of the worst recession since the 1930s. We overdid it in 1981, cut taxes too much. We came back with a big deficit reduction plan in 1982.

Unemployment’s at 10 percent, the economy is in dire shape, and WE RAISED TAXES by 1.2 percent of GDP, which would be $150 billion a year right now — not 10 years down the road — but RIGHT NOW.

http://thinkprogress.org/2011/05/01/stockman-absolutely-raise-taxes/

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my thoughts:

Eliminate the Bush tax cuts and the oil subsidies; and fund the IRS to go after the off-shore corporate and personal tax evaders, and you won’t need to raise taxes by 1.2 percent of GDP.

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May 2, 2011 Posted by | deficit reduction | , , , , , | 1 Comment