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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.
For a 55-year-old smoker, the penalty could reach nearly $4,250 a year. A 60-year-old could wind up paying nearly $5,100 on top of premiums.
Originally posted by KawRider9
Really? Obese, bad back, heart problems, meh, you're good! You're a smoker? Ooohh, you're dangerous and need to pay more. Even though the tax you pay on cancer sticks is enormous, you need to pony up some more dough.
Originally posted by jimmiec
I see new inventions incoming. Want to pass that nicotine test? Try our new formula! It is 100% guaranteed to work or your money back!
Originally posted by Krazysh0t
Thegovernment has figured out that they can't outright ban cigarettes, so they are going for the next best thing. Making it super expensive to partake in it. I'm a non-smoker myself but this is just getting silly. If someone wants to smoke despite the risks to their health then that is their personal choice. Who are we to infringe on it? Isn't the fact that cigarettes are danderous to your health and super addictive enough? Why do we also have to charge them into poverty and misery as well?
Originally posted by Jefferton
You choose to smoke. Deal with it.
Since you are murderers you should be treated as such. Be happy this is as far as it is going now...