Two unlikely allies, big tobacco companies and anti-cancer activists, have united to oppose a measure in the Obamacare health law that targets smokers. Starting in 2014, the law lets health insurance companies charge smokers up to 50 percent more than nonsmokers.
Health insurance companies have supported the provision, saying smokers should pay more to cover their additional health-care costs or else rates for everyone would go up.
But cigarette makers say the policy discriminates against smokers. The American Cancer Society argues that the higher cost could make health insurance unaffordable to cigarette smokers, who are disproportionately low income.
"We're anti-smoking, not anti-smoker," said David Woodmansee, the group's associate director for state and local campaigns.
Since Congress already approved the measure over their objections, opponents are now turning their attention to the states, which have the authority to prevent insurance companies from charging more to smokers, the Washington Post reports.
Via the Washington Post