Big Tobacco, Anti-Smoking Groups Target ObamaCare
They don't want smokers charged more for insurance
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 18, 2013 7:49 PM CST
Cigarettes are looking even more expensive under Obamacare.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Big Tobacco and anti-cancer activists are lining up against a provision in ObamaCare that would let insurers charge smokers more, the Washington Post reports. It's no small spike, either: One study found that a low-income smoker could see premiums leap from $708 to $3,308. "Our concern is that a tobacco use surcharge carries a risk of rendering health insurance unaffordable for many people,” says an anti-smoking activist.

So the American Cancer Society and Altria, which owns Philip Morris, plan to monitor state legislatures and influence some to roll back the provision. Even health-conscious California has banned the surcharge in its health-insurance marketplace, and may do the same for outside-market carriers. Health insurers disagree, of course, saying they'll raise rates for all customers if smokers aren't charged more. Meanwhile, electronic-cigarette makers are smiling; because their products include nicotine but not tobacco, users of their devices could potentially avoid the increased rates.

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cmueller56
Feb 19, 2013 12:08 PM CST
Wait, WTF, the American Cancer Society and Altria, which owns Philip Morris??? This is really the most interesting statement in the whole article. The companies that want us to stop smoking, own the companies that make cigarettes. So why don't they just close the cigarette companies down? I like how company in America can front itself off as wanting to help the people of this great nation, and at the same time push the product that it is trying to save you from. Talk about a conflict of interest for the people of this country. What a great business plan!!!!
realtruth
Feb 19, 2013 8:29 AM CST
Smoke more pot.. It has extra Tar and cancer causing ingredients.. Make you drive crazy like alcohol's DUI and you can have more car accidents. Causes you children to have easier access and learn to experiment with drugs earlier.. Legalize pot.. The Non Tobacco.
ppacimr9ball
Feb 19, 2013 8:21 AM CST
The main problem is, its manufactured and fed to people, it should be treated like weed should be treated - if you want to smoke whatever, you must grow it yourself, that way its not a constant stream to all who want it whenever, grow your own and roll your own