Bet there is an obesity penalty, too. We just haven’t “found” it yet.
Are we having fun yet? Seig Hiel comrade?
Wow. That is a huge penalty to smokers. This is insane.
If you’re connected,powerful or one of “the most vulnerable among us” you won’t have to worry about this.The only people who *will* have to worry are folks like us.The Marxists have the game rigged folks! That explains my tagline.
What the hell is this? Haven’t they been taxing the bejeezus out of smokers for years to recoup the extra money THEY say the smokers cost the health system? Oh yeah and here in California Meathead conned the stupid into taxing smokers even more to fund health care for children, like the money ever got there! Demonize the smokers, let the smokers die they yell, all the while forgetting that they now depend on the tax money from these same smokers to fund their feel good projects. Freaking hypocrites!
Aaand the best way to detect a smoker is by a urine test for nicotine, possibly a breath test for CO. There has to be an enforcement technique for this, right?
At the same time dope tests for EBT card recipients is OFF the table.
It is amazing what could be hidden in plain sight for two years!!!!! What a coincidence: it is disclosed AFTER the Presidential election and not before.
But on the other hand, this IS the media, Congress and the incompetent Republican Party we’re talking about! Nothing surprises anymore in this Neo-Fascist state.
Is there a homosexual penalty? Aids patients die at a higher rate than smokers.....
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Does that mean that the smoker in the White Hut won’t get medical attention? ...We can hope, can’t we :)
B-B-B-But.....it was a pre-existing habit. They gotta cover it right?
There are also higher premiums for ‘older’ people (presumably younger than Medicare age) but the exact age is not specified.
However, there are not higher premiums for drug users, alcholics, people who engage in risky sex practices, extreme sports enthusiats, etc.
It won’t be long before you will be charged higher premiums for being overweight even slightly and other things, but the list will be very selective you can be sure. Some lifestyle choices will be exempt from higher premiums
Can’t say I’m surprised. The whole point of this excercise is control, not health care.
Bummer. Sucks to be a smoker.
No problemo. I’m not buying any health insurance or paying any penaltax.
So the annual wellness exam freebie that includes nicotine screening will probably be mandatory this year.
Who’s next? Beer drinkers?