But if you have worked hard doing you life and never had a handout from the taxpayers and you smoke, this does effect you.
Smokers, beware: tobacco penalties under President Obama’s Affordable Care Act could subject millions of smokers to fees costing thousands of dollars, making healthcare more expensive for them than Americans with other unhealthy habits.
The Affordable Care Act, which critics have also called “Obamacare”, could subject smokers to premiums that are 50 percent higher than usual, starting next Jan 1. Health insurers will be allowed to charge smokers penalties that overweight Americans or those with other health conditions would not be subjected to.
A 60-year-old smoker could pay penalties as high as $5,100, in addition to the premiums, the Associated Press reports. A 55-year-old smoker’s penalty could reach $4,250. The older a smoker is, the higher the penalty will be. Nearly one in every five U.S. adults smokes, with a higher number of low-income people addicted to the unhealthy habit.
So I would say if you smoke and can get by with it, stop working and let medicaid take care of you. Or you can lie to all health professional about you smoking. Next will be a blood test to see if you have nicotine in your system.