What has changed however, is the degree of worry and concern that people feel about the uses to which their genetic information can be put. When the HGP (Human Genome Project) began, a number of pundits were convinced that the "future knowledge" that genetic information can deliver to consumers and insurers alike would completely undermine the practice of private health insurance, and send our current system crashing to the ground. Needless to say, that has not happened; but with 42 million Americans currently without health insurance, and with insurance tightly entwined with employment, many people fear that genetic information will be used by employers and insurers to discriminate against those who appear to present higher risks.
Dena S. Davis, Pink Slip Introduction, 16 J.L. & Health 1 (2001-2002)