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jiggy0
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New penalty for smokers in Obamacare...

Obamacare has a penalty for smokers. It's a scaled penalty depending on age. For someone 40 years old it's about 4,000 dollars while for someone 55 its about 5,000.

My question: is an employer responsible for paying this? I have 70 employees and I would guess 30% smoke. I pay 70% of their premium. Will I be responsible for 70% of this penalty? I can't imagine any of my employees being able to afford this penalty.

I've googled and called my insurance agent. Can't find an answer.


buddhavista
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re: New penalty for smokers in Obamacare...
I didn't think obamacare set rates.


jiggy0
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re: New penalty for smokers in Obamacare...
It's not a rate. It's a penalty.


Lsut81
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It's not a rate. It's a penalty.


Can you paste said info?


manwich
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re: New penalty for smokers in Obamacare...
also known as a "tax"


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jiggy0
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re: New penalty for smokers in Obamacare...
I think the way it works is it allows insurance companies to charge the penalty. I'm thinking that they all will do it because if one company does not charge it all the smokers will flock to that company and they will be overloaded with a disproportionate amount of smokers.


manwich
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re: New penalty for smokers in Obamacare...
so when is this thing going to be repealed?


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Rickety Cricket
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re: New penalty for smokers in Obamacare...
Looks like Barry better get on the patch or gum then


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wickowick
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re: New penalty for smokers in Obamacare...
I don't know if this will help or not.

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Millions of smokers could be priced out of health insurance because of tobacco penalties in President 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.


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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.

Starting next Jan. 1, the federal health care law will make it possible for people who can't get coverage now to buy private policies, providing tax credits to keep the premiums affordable. Although the law prohibits insurance companies from turning away the sick, the penalties for smokers could have the same effect in many cases, keeping out potentially costly patients.


Decatur
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re: New penalty for smokers in Obamacare...
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I think the way it works is it allows insurance companies to charge the penalty.


Don't they already do this?


MFn GIMP
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re: New penalty for smokers in Obamacare...
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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.


I'm fine with insurance companies charging higher premiums to smokers but it is a joke that they can't charge higher premiums for other health risks.


jiggy0
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Rickety Cricket
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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

Why the hell are fat asses grouped together with people suffering from heart arrhythmia and scoliosis?


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Lsut81
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re: New penalty for smokers in Obamacare...
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I'm fine with insurance companies charging higher premiums to smokers but it is a joke that they can't charge higher premiums for other health risks.


Agree with this...


Archie Bengal Bunker
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re: New penalty for smokers in Obamacare...
Good. If you want to smoke, you should have to pay for it. I don't want my premiums going up to help pay the cost of treatment for a lifetime smoker.


DonChowder
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Don't they already do this?


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junkfunky
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Good. If you want to smoke, you should have to pay for it. I don't want my premiums going up to help pay the cost of treatment for a lifetime smoker.


Okay, fatty.


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buddhavista
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re: New penalty for smokers in Obamacare...
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I'm fine with insurance companies charging higher premiums to smokers but it is a joke that they can't charge higher premiums for other health risks.


Agree with this...

yeah pretty much this.

And I know currently some smokers can't get coverage, period, so they are probably better off.


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Queen
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re: New penalty for smokers in Obamacare...
If it's a penalty on top of a premium...shouldn't the person have to pay it and not the employer? Sounds like something you can decide for yourself and your company.

The law says you have to provide insurance, but it doesn't say you have to pay penalties for people making stupid decisions, right?


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catholictigerfan
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re: New penalty for smokers in Obamacare...
so obama will pay these fees too?


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