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By Public Interest Law Professor John Banzhaf
The first Surgeon General's report on smoking failed to reduce smoking, and today's almost certainly will be even less effective, says the attorney whose legal action led to the first reduction in smoking several years after its release

By Public Interest Law Professor John Banzhaf
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Dec. 30, 2013): Despite the many concerns voiced about Obamacare, one part clearly seems to be working, is saving money for all plan users and especially for the great majority who do not smoke, and is well liked

By Public Interest Law Professor John Banzhaf
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Dec. 24, 2013): It's an especially Merry Christmas for nonsmokers this year since they will enjoy more protections and bear less of the costly financial burdens of smoking than ever before

By Professor John Banzhaf, GWU Law School
As reported in the Wall Street Journal, the British Medical Journal, and elsewhere, imposing a smoker surcharge by requiring smokers to pay more for their health insurance – as the ACA provides – can slash smoking rates among employees by 50%.

By Professor John Banzhaf, GWU Law School
WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 26, 2013): October 1st will be decision day for many smokers who must decide whether to quit, or face a 50% surcharge on their health insurance rates under Obamacare. They must also accept personal responsibility.

By Professor John Banzhaf, GWU Law School
The 50% surcharge on smokers for health insurance under Obamacare is already having an amazing impact, with companies reportedly finding that implementing the surcharge usually halves the smoking rate among their employees

By Professor John Banzhaf, GWU Law School
The 50% surcharge on smokers under Obamacare seems to be causing some confusion and even controversy, as reflected in the Wall Street Journal and other publications, but it's all rather simple and fair, says man behind it

By Professor John Banzhaf, GWU Law School
Three states and DC prevent businesses from requiring smokers to pay even a portion of the huge costs they impose on fellow workers under a personal responsibility portion of Obamacare which permits up to a 50% smoker surcharge

By Professor John Banzhaf, GWU Law School
Smokers are already being charged 14%-22% more for their health insurance than comparable nonsmokers, a figure likely to rise to 50% as provided for under Obamacare as companies try to avoid unhealthy clients, suggests the Associated Press

By Professor John Banzhaf, GWU Law School
Those advocating Medicare means testing – forcing some to pay more simply because they earn more – should instead consider responsibility testing, an established technique which is fairer and would slash the costs of Medicare, not just shift them

By Public Interest Law Professor John Banzhaf
Smoking “rots the brain,” and "smoking doesn't just age your lungs, it damages your brain too," according to a major new study which showed that smoking for even a few years can cause a significant decline in cognitive functions.

By Professor John Banzhaf, GWU Law School
Surveys show that many Americans are confused about Obamacare, and recent examples suggest that the media may be contributing to the confusion, at least with regard to the smoker 50% surcharge provisions of the Affordable Care Act [ACA] - Expert

By Professor John Banzhaf, GWU Law School
The Libertarian Party's candidate called for Washington to protect smokers from companies which are charging them more for their health insurance – just as smokers have long been charged more for life insurance, – on Fox News Sunday morning.

By Professor John Banzhaf, GWU Law School
Regulations just proposed to implement the Affordable Care Act to incorporate a 50% surcharge on employees and family members who smoke, and the hope by some nicotine addicts to escape by sitting through a smoking cessation class may go up in smoke,

By Professor John Banzhaf, GWU Law School
"60% of Firms to Kill Health Insurance, Charge More under Obamacare," says a headline designed to dramatize the impact the Affordable Care Act [ACA] may have on small business owners -- but there's an alternative even for small business owners

By Public Interest Law Professor John Banzhaf
Corporate Counsel, a legal publication, has warned that the Affordable Care Act [ACA] sanctions charging smokers 50% more for health insurance than nonsmokers, and that some corporations are going further and declining to hire smokers at all.

By Public Interest Law Professor John Banzhaf
More companies are moving to charge smokers up to 50% more for health insurance under the ACA, even if the employers can't afford the expense of having a qualified "wellness program" as they must with regard to other health factors such as obesity.

By Public Interest Law Professor John Banzhaf
A nail salon in Georgia added a five dollar surcharge to a customer's bill because she was obese, and it's all perfectly legal, and apparently part of a growing trend as we learn more about how much obesity costs everyone, says law professor



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