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Premium surcharge on smokers makes strange bedfellows
Daily Democrat

For all the political division over the nation’s health-care law, one provision has managed to put two longtime rivals on the same side. Big tobacco companies and anti-cancer activists are standing in opposition to a part of the Affordable Care Act that allows insurance companies to charge smokers 50 percent more than patients who do not use tobacco.

Cigarette makers such as Altria say the policy amounts to discrimination against smokers.

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