A few days ago I blogged about the "fine print" of a well-known DNA-testing service that does DNA tests to determine people's "ancestry." Lo and behold, what emerged from that "service's" fine print was, by submitting to a test, one actually consents to that company's ownership of one's DNA, without said "service" having to pay a royalty for using one's DNA. The individual requesting such a test may die, but the company's ownership of his or her DNA continues... forever, or, at least as long as the company continues. And like all companies, that DNA becomes an asset, which it in turn may sell, lease, or assign to other companies, and so on.
With that context in mind, consider this story, shared by Mr. B. H.:
Now, like all scams that corrupt and crooked politicians dream up to enrich corporations, this one has a euphemistic "selling" point; they're calling it "workplace wellness":
A little-noticed bill moving through Congress would allow companies to require employees to undergo genetic testing or risk paying a penalty of thousands of dollars, and would let employers see that genetic and other health information.
Giving employers such power is now prohibited by legislation including the 2008 genetic privacy and nondiscrimination law known as GINA. The new bill gets around that landmark law by stating explicitly that GINA and other protections do not apply when genetic tests are part of a “workplace wellness” program.
The bill, HR 1313, was approved by a House committee on Wednesday, with all 22 Republicans supporting it and all 17 Democrats opposed. It has been overshadowed by the debate over the House GOP proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, but the genetic testing bill is expected to be folded into a second ACA-related measure containing a grab-bag of provisions that do not affect federal spending, as the main bill does.
The two-step shuffle here has been, from a certain diabolical Hegelian point of view, brilliantly conceived and executed: first, "Obamacare" was dreamed up in so-called "conservative" think tanks, then the Dummycrooks passed the disaster, and everyone (save perhaps the perpetually idiotic Nancy Pelosi) knew it would be a disaster, especially for the American middle class; but then the Dummycrooks played "good guy" and "protected" our genetic privacy and ownership; but then the Republithugs took over and "fixed the mess", and in the process, extend the "voluntary" provisions of Obamacare to the point that the privacy protections are no longer there.
The net result has always been, in my opinion (and in my high octane speculation of the day), the real goal of any government "health care" system: the goal is to harvest the wealth of the individual, and ultimately, via government controls and regulations over the very issues of life itself, to own your life, your DNA, your decisions, everything. It's slavery, and no accident that it was a certain political party with historical ties to that abominable institution, that shoved the mess down our throats. And it's no accident that the perpetually gutless Republithugs are accomplices after the fact in extending it, now, to your DNA. Getting rid of those privacy protections all along was always the goal; ownership of you has always been the goal.
And... wait for it... in order to perpetually monitor your "workplace wellness," eventually they will force you to take a chip(and it will come with lots of other "features" too).
So, unless you want that future, it's time, once again, to just say "no" to the whole enterprise, and to make sure that your representatives know you're saying No.
See you on the flip side...