The Big Think

April 10, 2013

Smoked

Filed under: Politics — jasony @ 9:58 pm

The District of Columbia’s Obamacare czars — the board that sets rules for the phony insurance marketplace, or “exchange,” that the law creates — have decided that henceforth insurers shall be forbidden by law to charge smokers higher rates than non-smokers. Smoking, as it turns out, “is a preexisting medical condition,” according to Dr. Mohammad Akhter, the chairman of the D.C. Health Exchange Board. Two liberal states, California and Connecticut, have decided likewise, while Colorado and Alaska have rejected the idea….There will be thousands and thousands of decisions like this in the coming years, and voters will have very little recourse against them…

That leaves us with a system that is private in name only — which is the point. It is meaningless to say that we have a private system in which private consumers buy insurance from private insurers when the insurers have been forbidden to price their products, and have instead been converted into something somewhere between a public utility company and a government contractor. Sure, you are free to buy any insurance you want — but if what you want is a lower rate for being a non-smoker, the point is moot, because it would be a crime for anybody to sell it to you.”

Smoking as a Preexisting Condition. Only a government bureaucrat could think of that, and only a nation duped and divided could justify it to itself. But don’t worry, this health care bill “will not cause premiums to rise by one dime.”

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