It’s hard to imagine HR1313, the Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act, getting any worse press than it has already gotten, but the NYT just published that account –penned by someone who would be a victim of it, in the increasingly unlikely event that it ever gets signed into law.
The name is a bit misleading. HR1313 should be called the Employee DNA Full Disclosure Act.
The Ethical Wellness group has already pilloried this. Ron Goetzel and the rest of the Wellness Ignorati at the Health Enhancement Research Organization have remained stone-cold silent on this, being trapped between the drool-worthy profit potential and the fact that even they realize this is a stupid idea. Yet until now there has been no wellness idea that was considered too stupid for them to support, meaning that this silence is precedent-setting. Remember, these are the folks who want to institute a “fat tax,” and charge for insurance by the pound.