Skip to comments.Smokers may not be able to afford ‘Obamacare’
Posted on 01/24/2013 11:25:58 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
Millions of smokers could be priced out of health insurance because of tobacco penalties in President Obamas health-care law, according to experts who are teasing out the potential impact of a little-noted provision in the massive legislation.
The Affordable Care Act or Obamacare allows health insurers to charge smokers buying individual policies up to 50 percent higher premiums starting next Jan. 1.
For a 55-year-old smoker, the penalty could reach nearly $4,250 a year...
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In before the nanny stater gloating.
ObamaCare: A Politically Transmitted Disease
OBAMACARE: Smokers? NO! But anal sex between men with multiplier male partners? NO PROBLEM!!
If that’s what their habit costs, that’s how it should be priced—and they could always quit.
Every smoker I know voted for Obama.
So what do you want me to say?
I didn't know obamacare was an option.
So if one is a smoker, what will be the total annual tax?
Can someone check and see if there is a tax for blue or brown eyes hidden in obamascare.
It’s in the article.
LMAO!!! The exact same thought popped into my head when first hearing of this this.
Hard to believe the leftists are so tobaccophobic as to penalize smokers who have this 'preexisting condition' as a result of being 'born that way'.
As the reply before you states, all the smokers I know voted for Ø.
Therefore, although these smoker's "tax penalty" will be doubled or whatever to over $4k, it will be a wealth transfer situation, and the givers will just have to give more so that these smoker takers can be "taxed penalized" more, and thus, subsidized more.
Bet there’s something in there about being overweight, too. ....And homosexuality, too.
You mean like homosexuals get a discount or don’t pay anything?
I thought the $4250 was added to the base obamacare tax
Soda drinkers should quit drinking sodas.
Salt users should quit using salt.
Sugar users should quit using sugar.
Gun owners should get rid of their guns.
Don't think for a nano second that something you enjoy will be left out of the tax pool. It's a matter of time.
But surely smoking pot will be “OK”.
I wonder if Medicare is going tp go this route? Should senior citizens be concerned?
Ya, I was wondering about that. Will they charge male homosexuals, who as a group are far more prone to various illnesses and disease processes than the rest of us, more for their insurance?
Here is where Obamacare is such a danger. Since almost anything can be construed as affecting health in some way, activities which are not looked on favorably by the elitists and bureaucrats will be penalized. Homosexuality is special, so will not be penalized. But other things, such as smoking, drinking, being overweight, participation in extreme sports, could be frowned upon.
Also, the 2,000 pages of Obamacare frequently indicate that the Secretary of HHS shall issue guidelines and regulations on various aspects of healthcare. That law will be a liberal’s dream come true, as liberals anticipate ulings from the bureaucracy to tell us all how to live. But it may become a nightmare for the rest of us.
Seniors need only concerned about the Death panels
2 birds with one stone in Obamaville.
Go back to lurking.
Free Republic was a better place and DU misses you.
I bet there is one for the “Blued Eyed devils”—FaraCon will be happy about that one.