“The sign of old age, extolling the past at the expense of the present.”
In an odd kind of a way, I welcome the following missive from the folks at PETA. Actually, if there were any credible way for an insurance company to verify the nutritional intake of its insureds — wow, just imagine the advantage to be had by the “Paleo Health Insurance Co.” If there’s any way to force recognition of the efficacy of a particular lifestyle, just put a substantial amount of money on the line and get Wall Street involved. What USAA has been able to do with home and auto insurance, the “Paleo Health Insurance Co.” could do on the health care front; that is, by way of selective vetting (in this case, by insuring only service members and their families), be able to charge rock-bottom premiums for platinum coverage and fantastic service. Selective vetting for health care insurance based on nutritional intake? Hell, where do I sign?
Hey, I’m all for WellPoint covering every single Vegetarian and SAD-connoisseur out there. Just count me out of that doomed cabal, thank you very much, and leave me to my wanton carnivory.
Anyway, if you haven’t yet had the pleasure, enjoy:
July 27, 2009
Angela F. Braly
President, CEO, and Director
Dear Ms. Braly:
On behalf of PETA and our more than 2 million members and supporters worldwide, I am writing to urge you to offer lower health insurance premiums to vegetarians and raise the rates of your meat-eating customers. With the possibility of an increased number of public and private insurance providers entering the field and the mountain of evidence linking meat consumption to some of our nation’s deadliest diseases, this change could improve WellPoint’s bottom line — while also helping to ensure that your policyholders don’t flat line.
The American Dietetic Association and the Dieticians of Canada conducted perhaps the largest review ever of all studies on vegetarian diets and concluded that vegetarians are less prone to heart disease, certain types of cancer, diabetes, and obesity than meat-eaters are. Vegetarians can get all the protein, vitamins, and fiber that they need without the artery-clogging cholesterol and saturated fat found in animal flesh.
By giving your policyholders a financial incentive to go vegetarian — and penalizing those whose meat-based diets fuel our nation’s worst health problems and rising health-care costs — WellPoint could save millions of dollars in the long run, ensuring your competitiveness in a broadened field of providers as your members begin to require fewer cholesterol-lowering medications, chemotherapy treatments, and diabetes drugs.
In addition to the vast health benefits, by switching to a vegetarian diet, each of your customers would save more than 100 animals per year from intensive confinement on factory farms, where they are mutilated without any painkillers and denied every everything that is natural and important to them before they are shipped to slaughterhouses, where many have their throats are cut while they are still conscious and able to feel pain.
PETA would be happy to provide free educational materials for you to send to your customers that would help them make the transition to a healthier, more humane vegetarian lifestyle. Thank you for your consideration.
Executive Vice President
What more can be said? 🙂