As you all recall, Nancy Pelosi told the House that they had to pass ObamaCare to see what is in it. So, they passed it, and within the tangled web of lies, deceit and failure, there is a poison pill for those that are smokers. Our good friend at Wyblog has the info…
Starting next year health insurers can charge smokers 50% more.
Millions of smokers could be priced out of health insurance because of tobacco penalties in President Barack Obama’s health care law, according to experts who are just now teasing out the potential impact of a little-noted provision in the massive legislation.
The Affordable Care Act — “Obamacare” to its detractors — 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. A 60-year-old could wind up paying nearly $5,100 on top of premiums.
Younger smokers could be charged lower penalties under rules proposed last fall by the Obama administration. But older smokers could face a heavy hit on their household budgets at a time in life when smoking-related illnesses tend to emerge.
OK, when you think of it, premiums have already gone up under Obama, and ObamaCare still isn’t fully implemented yet. Now, insurers now are able to discriminate against smokers. Note that the law does not require insurers to ding smokers for their nasty habit, but it allows them to. And, even if they don’t right away, they might have to, in order to offset the other costs of ObamaCare.
Oh, and if you are a smoker, and you voted for Obama, you asked for this. You approved it with your vote. Romney was the best chance to stop ObamaCare, so you picked it. Enjoy your higher premiums, and remember that elections have consequences.