Last edited by Ikari; 11-01-11 at 09:11 PM.
You know the time is right to take control, we gotta take offense against the status quo
Originally Posted by A. de Tocqueville
The longer the smoker lives, the more his life is going to cost. And if he is still working, then that costs is taken on generally by whatever health insurance is offered through his job, especially if he is still relatively young. In which case, compared to someone at his same age with that particular medical insurance, the smoker is going to cost more than the non-smoker in health care costs.
I would love to see us go to a UHC, and not have to worry about this at all, but the facts are that employer based insurance is going to base their costs on what they are most likely to pay for while the person is covered by them. Since the average ages for men and women are past 65 and retirement age is also around there, then most employer offered health insurance is going to take this into account and figure that those extra 10 years of life and subsequent medical bills that a non-smoker would cost more than a smoker would not be covered by them anyway, since they would probably be retired by that time, and most likely have Medicare.
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