Starting Nov. 1, Delta employees who have not received the vaccine will have to pay an additional $200 per month to remain on the company’s health plan. It is part of a series of requirements that unvaccinated workers will face in the months to come, the airline’s chief executive, Ed Bastian, said in a memo to staff.New York Times
I get the idea, I support the effort to get more Americans vaccinated, but I don’t think this one will cut it. It may even be discriminatory and possibly illegal.
While it’s a fair assumption that people who are not vaccinated may get COVID, and they may incur medical bills, there is also the chance that they may not incur bills and there is the chance that a vaccinated person will get COVID and incur medical bills.
In other words, there is no direct guaranteed relationship between vaccinated status and spending in the employers health benefits plan. It’s like charging more for people who are obese. There is plenty of data suggesting these folks will be sicker than others, but many obese people will not incur additional medical costs because of their weight.