We all win with wellness in workplace

  • Article by: AMY KLOBUCHAR and ERIK PAULSEN
  • Updated: June 17, 2011 - 6:24 AM

It's a nonpartisan way to get rising health care costs under control.

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kleindropperJun. 16, 1110:35 PM

Morning exercises, coming soon to a telescreen near you, right after the two minutes of hate.

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alansonJun. 16, 1110:36 PM

But to avoid violating the rights of the workers, "wellness" needs to be accomplished through collective bargaining with their unions. How could a good DFLer like Amy have forgotten that?

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beepJun. 16, 1111:32 PM

This is what occupies the time of a United States Senator?? Oh wait a minute...a United States Democrat Senator from Minnesota. Sorry, my mistake.

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morejusticeJun. 17, 1112:28 AM

Now we know the reason General Mills is a takeover target! Make these people work out at home instead of taking a two hour lunch and putting in a six hour day!

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teeuurJun. 17, 11 6:01 AM

I can see it now at places like, hmmm, here at XCEL. 'Sure we screwed with the retirement and insurance again but hey, we got you this treadmill you can use after the 12-13 hours you've put in covering for the positions we did away with.'

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tamaymayJun. 17, 11 8:37 AM

I like how my employer does it: Through our health insurance, we get the standard discount on fitness center dues if we go to the gym 8-12 times per month (depending on health care plan). But on top of that, if you qualify for the gym discount for six months of the year, my employer also will give you a hefty discount on the next year's health insurance premiums. That discount basically covers your fitness center dues.

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Mark27Jun. 17, 11 9:07 AM

"Wellness in the workplace" will not reduce health care costs, it will merely delay them...or more specifically, defer them from private insurance companies to taxpayers via Medicare. That's our employers interest in keeping us "well" as it reduces the likelihood of us incurring front-end health care costs as working-age Americans. But this doesn't mean the health care costs will never be incurred. It just means we'll be running them up on the back end instead, when we're 92-year-old dementia patients receiving intensive full-time care and being spoon-fed three times daily rather than overweight 60-year-olds with heart disease. Whatever good may or may not come from "wellness programs", I promise you that lower health care costs are not one of them. We're merely deferring much, much higher costs a generation down the line...something we Americans seem to be very good at.

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merks1Jun. 17, 11 5:13 PM

It matters little if the new health care law survives the court challenges. I mean now the federal government will take care of us and decide what treatments we get. They will have a nice board made up of 15 unelected officials appointed by the president deciding what kind of care you get. come on it's a win-win. costs will be down when care is rationed.

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ruphinaJun. 17, 1110:00 PM

Of course sick time is down- most companies don't offer it. They tossed sick time of 2 weeks annually and replaced it with a week of Paid Time Off added to your vacation, and made it USE IT OR LOSE IT. Bill G.

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scribe41Jun. 18, 11 9:17 AM

Oh Goody! Business, as exemplified by Apogee, has been far ahead of the politicians and should be left alone. With Klobuchar and cronies now involving the government they will screw up a good thing, and no doubt create another bureaucracy. Cheez!

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