Older smokers priced out of Obamacare?

Jan 25, 2013 Full story: CBS News

"Obamacare" to its detractors - allows health insurers to charge smokers buying individual policies up to 50 percent higher premiums starting next Jan.

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the truth

Carol Stream, IL

#1 Jan 25, 2013
Maybe they shouldn't be raising our healthcare costs, I'm glad we all aren't paying for their bad choices
Slayer

Sylacauga, AL

#2 Jan 25, 2013
the truth wrote:
Maybe they shouldn't be raising our healthcare costs, I'm glad we all aren't paying for their bad choices
Agree that cigarette smoking is a bad choice which has frequently been shown to negatively affect health outcomes, but this opens the floodgates too. Who's next to be charged extra for healthcare insurance? Chubby people, people whose DNA shows a propensity for certain diseases, people who engage in risky sports, people who are sexually promiscous, illegal drug addicts, legal drug addicts, tobacco chewers, hookah tobacco smokers, people who work in places where hookah smoking takes place -- the list goes on and on...

CONSIDER THIS:

Some of the greatest appeal of Obamacare was that the law supposedly made charging those with existing conditions the same as those with no existing medical conditions. Addiction to nicotine is an existing condition -- WHY does this addiction not count as an existing condition???
Slayer

Sylacauga, AL

#3 Jan 25, 2013
OK since Topix doesn't allow editing I need to clarify my last post, which I worded strangely.

Should read: Some of the greatest appea of Obamacare was suppose to be that those with existing medical conditions would NOT be charged more that those with no existing medical conditions. Addiction to nicotine is an existing condition, then WHY would it be legal to charge those with this existing condition more than anyone else?

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