(Reuters) – Employers tried the carrot, then a small stick. Now they are turning to bigger cudgels.
For years they encouraged workers to improve their health and productivity with free screenings, discounted gym memberships and gift cards to lose weight. More recently, a small number charged smokers slightly higher premiums to get them to quit.
Results for these plans were lackluster, and healthcare costs continued to soar. So companies are taking advantage of new rules under President Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul in 2014 to punish smokers and overweight workers.
— How your company is watching your waistline, Kathleen Kingsbury, Reuters, Nov. 13, 2013
May I suggest that Ms. Kingsbury’s employer, Reuters, use a cudgel to get her and her editor to actually think about whether what they offer their news-media subscribers doesn’t contradict itself within the very same piece? (Reuters is what was known for a century or so as a newswire service and is now just known as a news service; like the AP and UPI, it was historically, and now still mainly, a news-gathering service that publishes only through major-media outlets that subscribe to its services. Such as Yahoo News, which is where I read it three weeks ago. Thus, the reference to “their news-media subscribers.” Okay, okay, I’m a journalism pedant. I even know that Reuters is pronounced Royters, not Rooters, and that unlike AP and the old UPI it is a British import. Thanks, Dad!)