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Walker in wonderland

I’m hoping that people notice when we post video of State Health Plan officials saying that they want to give random smokerlyzer tests to state employees and age band the state’s insurance plan. These are radical ideas that will hurt thousands of people across the North Carolina. I should add that if state workers or their dependents are caught with nicotine in their system the family will be forced into a bottom tier insurance product. No other state has instituted these crazy proposals, but that is what passed the Senate and is now being considered by the House. Here is Jack Walker on Legislative Week in Review:

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4 Comments

  1. James

    March 31, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    Bizarre. I can’t wait until they start using brain bands along with their belly bands and age bands.

    I’m an employee spouse. My daddy killed himself by gunshot, and my momma died from a heart attack. Does than mean they’ll put the brain band on me?

    My spouse, a government employee, had a momma who died from breast cancer. Are they going to put us in a super risky high-priced insurance bucket?

  2. Peter

    April 1, 2009 at 10:36 am

    This is lunacy. Could it be a back-door effort to get drug testing of the state workforce? Random testing for illegal drugs is illegal for most jobs — are they saying that we should accept random testing for legal drugs?

    Let’s be wary, though. These could be Trojan Horse proposals designed to make less insane, but still harmful, changes look more acceptable.

    ANYTHING Jack Walker is associated with needs the strictest scrutiny, and then some.

  3. Ricky

    April 1, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    Why in the world would they hire this jerk back in the first place, he is the reason the health plan for state employees suck anyway.

  4. Gene

    April 1, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    The NC Health Report depicts the best plan that I know of. As of
    Apr 1, 2009, the tax on a pound of tobacco went from 1.969 to
    24.78. Couple that with Adam’s suggestion it should finish the destruction of the tobacco industry.