I told you so! More attacks on smokers

From The Philadelphia Inquirer:

Penn Medicine decision not to hire smokers part of a controversial trend

Don Sapatkin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Posted: Thursday, February 21, 2013, 3:01 AM

Penn Medicine’s decision to hire only nonsmokers starting July 1 is part of a slow-moving trend that goes back decades and that is still controversial even among public health workers, who often see tobacco as enemy No. 1.
“I’d be much more enthusiastic about them providing programs” – which Penn also does – “to help employees stop smoking,” said Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Health and Human Services secretary, who was asked about the decision Wednesday during a visit to The Inquirer.

Some large national companies, such as Turner Broadcasting, stopped hiring smokers in the 1980s. Twenty-nine states, including New Jersey, outlawed the practice as discriminatory. As a result, the University of Pennsylvania Health System’s new policy will apply only in Pennsylvania.

Hospital systems, citing their mission of caring for patients and serving as community leaders as well as a need to save money on employee health insurance, have taken the lead with various tobacco policies in recent years. Smoking is now prohibited on all hospital campuses in South Jersey and on most in Southeastern Pennsylvania.

The Cleveland Clinic was among the first to stop hiring smokers. Among the large systems that followed were Baylor and the Geisinger Health System in central Pennsylvania.

More at the link; yesterday’s Inquirer article announcing the University’s policy is here. The article continues to note that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which both requires health insurance companies to accept applicants with pre-existing conditions and bars the companies for charging such applicants higher premiums, makes a specific exemption when it comes to tobacco users: though the insurance companies must still accept them, they mat charge tobacco users higher rates, up to 50% higher.

It seems that the Inquirer is finally catching up to what THE FIRST STREET JOURNAL has told you a while ago, as we did on the old site, and back in 2005 on the Intellectual Conservative.

Nor is it just smokers who are going to feel the controlling hand of others; The New York Times noted:

The head of the Cleveland Clinic was both praised and criticized when he mused in an interview two years ago that, were it not illegal, he would expand the hospital policy to refuse employment to obese people.

One wonders if he would have said the same about “transgendered” people, people he knew would require significant amounts of time off for medical treatment and their eventual “gender reassignment” surgery. After all, he would know that such people would cost the Cleveland Clinic significant amounts in lost time and production, and in medical expenses, while smokers and the overweight just might wind up costing the Clinic more money.


  1. This might give you a clue as to how that would be treated!

    Students Who Refuse to Affirm Transgender Classmates Face Punishment

    By Todd Starnes

    Parents across Massachusetts are upset over new rules that would not only allow transgender students to use their restrooms of their choice – but would also punish students who refuse to affirm or support their transgender classmates.

    Last week the Massachusetts Department of Education issued directives for handling transgender students – including allowing them to use the bathrooms of their choice or to play on sports teams that correspond to the gender with which they identify.

    The 11-page directive also urged schools to eliminate gender-based clothing and gender-based activities – like having boys and girls line up separately to leave the classroom.

    Schools will now be required to accept a student’s gender identity on face value.

    “A student who says she is a girl and wishes to be regarded that way throughout the school day and throughout every, or almost every, other area of her life, should be respected and treated like a girl,” the guidelines stipulate.

    According to the Dept. of Education, transgender students are those whose assigned birth sex does not match their “internalized sense of their gender.”
    They said gender nonconforming students “range in the ways in which they identify as male, female, some combination of both, or neither.”

    “These students, because of widespread misunderstanding and lack of knowledge about their lives, are at a higher risk for peer ostracism, victimization, and bullying, the document read.

    The Massachusetts Family Institute denounced the new rules calling them a violation of privacy.

    “Fundamentally, boys need to be using the boys’ room and girls need to be using the girls’ rooms, and we base that on their anatomical sex, not some sort of internalized gender identity,” said Andrew Beckwith, the institute’s general counsel.

    Beckwith told Fox News the new policy has a “very broad standard that is ripe for abuse.”

    “The policy allows students to have one gender identity at home and another at school,” he said. “And it refuses to let teachers and administrators tell parents what gender their child is at school.”

    Another part of the directive that troubles parents deals with students who might feel comfortable having someone of the opposite sex in their locker room or bathroom.

    The state takes those students to task – noting their discomfort “is not a reason to deny access to the transgender student.”

    And any student who refuses to refer to a transgendered student by the name or sex they identify with could face punishment.

    For example – a fifth grade girl might feel uncomfortable using the restroom if there is an eighth grade transgendered boy in the next stall.
    Under the state guidelines, the girl would have no recourse, Beckwith said.

    “And if the girl continued to complain she could be subjected to discipline for not affirming that student’s gender identity choice,” he told Fox News

    Abnormal = The New Normal.

  2. I’ve often wondered why smokers don’t just carry some chewin’ tobacco with them.. Every time someone tells them they can’t smoke, jam in a wad and start spitting all over the joint. You get 20 or 30 smokers spitting tobaccee juice all over they’ll be beggin’ them to light up.

    But you do notice they’re only control freaks with things they deem politically incorrect. I assume they will hire drug users (ligal or illegal), homos with AIDS, pregnant woman, people with TB or Hep1-2-3, but heaven forbid one be porky or smoke. Perhaps they should also exclude gun owners from hiring?

  3. Eric said:

    “So, if a boy claiming to be a girl wants to play on a girl’s sports team, and use their locker room, would be allowed?”

    In the leftist mind the answer is Absolutely! Who are we to judge what may well be a girl trapped in a boys body?

  4. Yeah, well, I don’t think that “She-males” are allowed to compete as women in the Olympics, for obvious reasons. Even “Women” who are such as a result of a sex change operation can’t, I’m pretty sure, again for obvious reasons.

    i mean, really! Are high schools gonna allow some 6’2″, 220lb linebacker sized “Chick with a dick” compete on the girls’ teams?

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