Smokers targeted again
by TONI H - 1/26/13 4:26 AM
Really???? Oregon and Obamacare)
>>>>Insurers won't be allowed to charge more under the overhaul for people who are overweight, or have a health condition like a bad back or a heart that skips beats — but they can charge more if a person smokes.
Starting next Jan. 1, the federal health care law will make it possible for people who can't get coverage now to buy private policies, providing tax credits to keep the premiums affordable. Although the law prohibits insurance companies from turning away the sick, the penalties for smokers could have the same effect in many cases, keeping out potentially costly patients.>>>
Since tobacco has been ruled as 'addictive', I would think that it would also be considered to be a 'pre-existing condition'.......but, not so much, according to this administration (who also has a President who still sneaks a smoke according to him) And this law DIRECTLY affects the poor who will be subsidized by the Federal government for those premiums.
Doesn't seem to matter that smokers actually REDUCE the cost of health care by dying earlier than those who live longer and due to age collect more in benefits, both in Social Security and medical costs.