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Well another day another brand new setback for president Obama's health care a lot today we're finding out.
Penalties required for tobacco use may be limited because of a computer glitch.
It's just the latest fiasco causing confusion as we get closer to the laws -- official start date and with each new problem.
The president appears to be picking and choosing which parts of the health care law he plans to enforce like.
Last week's decision to suspend the employer mandate until 2015.
Let's talk about with AB Stoddard associate editor and columnist for -- hill -- to this so called tobacco glitch first of all AB.
And old smokers who.
-- to be insured under this health care law are to pay a penalty.
But for the older smokers that penalty is very prohibitive.
And what the computers couldn't handle it.
The way that it's been reported this is truly staggering the -- glitch.
Has been rejected by the computer and the system cannot bear the new.
-- -- What were being told is this gonna turn out one of two ways either that older smokers could get a break.
Or that they can all both young and old pay more which of course impact.
They're raid as young and healthy I guess a few smokers included.
Patience in joining the exchanges -- -- has a net effect on how the system works because.
It's the young and healthy.
Who are joining the exchanges were gonna keep costs under control without them the system is not going to be able to work and cut costs -- It's my understanding -- that the projections for a 64 year old person who doesn't smoke Obama care if they have these so called silver policy it's gonna cost him about 9000 a year.
Before a smoker though that jumps to thirteen 1600.
Dollars a year.
And and they're not able to write that -- use the tax credits to write off that that expense.
Right well that -- the.
-- care and promises that everyone with pretty consistent with preexisting conditions excuse me -- -- get are taken into the system that the system ensures the sick.
That's why without young and healthy consumers this system is going to collapse it doesn't mean you're not gonna pay more if you come -- as a smoker.
-- senior and and there's no provision for you to attend a wellness class and give it up or anything like that charges your -- that's going to be part of the system the problem is as I said.
If they can't find a way to bring the young and healthy patients and to balance out the cost of the sick and those with preexisting conditions.
This is not a system that's going to work and was promised that we target it was going to be a system that cut costs but we all pay more.
If we don't have those healthy applicants in the exchanges.
And we are finding out that the administration has known for months that that parts of this just aren't ready and that it was gonna have to make changes.
And there are critics out there saying you know that the president's decision to suspend.
That the requirement that small companies.
Have insurance in place by this year.
That's not necessarily constitutional again according to these critics the president can't decide just arbitrarily which laws he's going to enforce what do you think about that argument.
Well that's right congress returns from the July 4 recess during which they've learned that the employer mandate was going to me.
Suspended for a year and also that there are more glitches that prevent the government from checking people's eligibility.
And verifying whether or not they should be covered by this exchange and subsidized by the government.
In the -- -- -- insurance -- purchase and that exchange.
They can verify your income through last year's tax records.
But they just have this -- that they can't definitely verify your eligibility between taking those two things alone are now -- These new delays on smokers and and other issues that are popping up it's very likely see a lively debate in congress about the fact that that is the body that Mason writes the laws.
And that it's the duty of the administration to carry them out and not too I'm just pick cherry pick which ones it wants to agree with we know what the administration's doing.
It is afraid it's not going to be up and running with -- exchanges and all the states by October once it's trying to put off what's to.
Knotty and difficult and just get the core functions of the program going but that's going to be hard politically.
And it's also as I said not fixing the underlying problem which is that they're not gonna bring enough people into the system to balance out accepting this.
-- pointing out to -- the irony we have government computers and apparently can gather all our emails and our halo call records but they can't handle a smoker.
And insurance and -- I say he's got a good.
We gotta we gotta say good -- thank you thank you up.
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