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Some forms of discrimination apparently are still legal in the US tonight chief national correspondent Jim Angle reports on how Obama care.
May make people with certain lifestyles pay a very real prize.
If you smoke you're overweight or have high cholesterol or high blood pressure you could be forced to -- a lot more for health insurance according to new regulations just issued by the Obama administration.
For smoking for being overweight for being obese.
We're generally not meeting the health guidelines -- been -- 30% more for smoking 50% more.
Obamacare prevent insurers from charging more for preexisting conditions or charging as much as they do now for older people who use more health care.
But when it comes to smoking and being overweight and other health measures if employees don't produce -- and wellness programs they -- -- more on the one hand they're trying to ban discrimination.
Based on health status but on the other hand they're trying to say -- some discrimination based on health status is good discrimination it is definitely the nanny state trying to tell us what we're going to do -- unleashing their employers to be the agent of the government and telling us what we're.
-- smokers do run up health care bills but that have been and other unhealthy conditions are associated with a lower incomes.
So higher rates will hit those -- administration -- to help.
Allowing premium differentials based on these factors will.
Push premiums higher primarily in people that have been struggling to pay the premiums in the first place many employers already offer wellness programs but the new 123.
Page regulation tells -- exactly how they must be organized.
There's just one more massive regulation on top of the thousands and thousands of pages that have already been issued that employers have to deal with.
I think the whole system -- choke on so many rules there is one irony in all this on the day officials released the new regs it also released a new study.
A Rand Corp.
study which was paid for by the Obama administration called for in the affordable Barack.
And the Rand Corp.
has studied wellness programs all of the country and -- says they don't work.
In fact the study found that those trying to lose weight of these programs lost an average of a pound a year and though some employers offer gym memberships.
Those who take them are used in the -- already.
Not those who need it about Brett.
Our Jim thank you.
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