WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of smokers could be priced out of health insurance because of tobacco penalties in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), according to experts who are just now teasing out the potential impact of a little-noted provision in the massive legislation.
PPACA — "Obamacare" to its detractors — allows health insurers to charge smokers buying individual policies up to 50 percent higher premiums starting next Jan. 1.
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