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  •  While there is a savings on soc security and (0+ / 0-)

    medicare for those people, that has nothing to do with our private insurance based system. That would only really pertain to those who are diagnosed and treated for smoking related diseases while on medicaid or medicare, would it not?  As private insurance premium costs are not connected to those federal companies even though I wish there was more connection and single payer.  As medicare does not charge higher premiums because one is a smoker, right ? But insurance companies can and will often do so.   That is because insurance companies are not a medicare program...and private, I would think?

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    by wishingwell on Mon Jun 24, 2013 at 07:40:57 AM PDT

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    •  I'm not following. (0+ / 0-)

      My comment was based on the diarists statement that "Oddly, he seems to deride the notion that smokers should pay more than non-smokers."

      A 26 year old smoker costs no more in medical care than a 26 year old non-smoker. But private individual health insurance costs more for smokers.

      A waist is a terrible thing to mind.

      by edg on Mon Jun 24, 2013 at 10:36:12 AM PDT

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