Affordable Health Care Act, not so affordable for smokersSubmitted by Kinsjon on Sat, 01/26/2013 - 20:21
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.
"But quitting is not easy, and charging older smokers up to three times as much as younger ones could make it difficult for them to seek care in the first place. A 60-year-old smoker charged with the penalty could be paying about $8,411 per year for health insurance, which is about 24 percent of a $35,000 income and is considered “unaffordable” under federal law."
I'm sure Uncle Sam will be getting to those other "unhealthy habits" sooner or later.