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Insurance surcharge OK for smokers

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Smokers pay more for life insurance because they’re more likely to die prematurely; so why not health insurance because they’re more likely to get sick? One of the little-known details of the Affordable Care Act recently brought to light is that health insurers will be allowed to charge individual customers who smoke — especially older ones who presumably have smoked for a long time — up to 50 percent more for their coverage. The provision ...

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January 31, 2013
10:58 a.m.

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What about fat people? Marijuana smokers? Alcohol drinkers? Couch potatoes? Where would it stop???

February 2, 2013
10:53 a.m.

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It's pretty obvious that this is reasonable. Anything else is taxing the innocent.