In the latest episode of “What’s In The Bill,” we learn today that smokers may unintentionally get a temporary break from Obamacare penalties:
Some smokers trying to get coverage next year under President Obama’s health care law may get a break from tobacco-use penalties that could have made their premiums unaffordable.
The Obama administration — in yet another health care overhaul delay — has quietly notified insurers that a computer system glitch will limit penalties that the law says the companies may charge smokers. A fix will take at least a year to put in place.
Older smokers are more likely to benefit from the glitch, experts say. But depending on how insurers respond to it, it’s also possible that younger smokers could wind up facing higher penalties than they otherwise would have.
The analysis from Dave Burge is conclusive:
I've seen more coherence in a West Virginia drunk tank. #Obamacare
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) July 9, 2013