August 16, 2010 - Robert "Bubba" Kapral
Some lawmakers must have no lives. They sit in their respective offices thinking up stupid regulations to advocate.
Such is the case with a proposal currently before the Health Care Reform Bill Commission. It calls for cuts in Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements to hospitals if 5 percent of their employees are 25 percent heavier than the generally accepted height and weight guidelines.
That is plain STUPID.
Any legislator who would craft such an outrageous proposal should undergo psychiatric testing.
Why should hospital employees be held accountable for their weight while workers in other sectors are not? Just because someone works in the health field doesn't mean how they perform their tasks is tied to their weight.
Moreover, who says such weight and height standards are correct. All body structures vary. Some workers who may be big into weightlifting may be deemed too heavy despite being in excellent condition.
Also, hospitals should not be held hostage. They may be forced to terminate quality, but overweight workers, for the sake of maintaining funding.
So what happens? Patients suffer as inferior workers are hired to fill shoes of competent, albeit, so-called overweight workers.
I have a hard time believing such a proposal ever becomes a law. If so, it will spawn many a court challenge.