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Good evening I'm Bret -- it's been a rocky road toward implementation.
For the president's increasingly troubled health care law and tonight a new problem.
It seems one of the big revenue generators a surcharge on smokers falls under the category of easier said than done.
Chief national correspondent Jim Angle with another part of Obama care that may go up in smoke.
The administration has announced one more delay in implementation of the health care law this one dealing with -- penalty for smokers.
The way the law works is that.
-- insurers are able to charge a smoker up to a 50%.
Though insurers have the discretion to charging young perhaps occasional smoker a smaller penalty -- lifelong smoker.
Whose health care costs are likely to be much greater the law also limits the difference insurers can charge the young -- the -- To three to one.
And now the administration says its computers cannot deal with any difference in the smokers penalty.
Because of the way -- IT systems are structured.
It limits how much.
Variation there can be in a surcharge for older -- for smokers -- younger smokers the administration comes along with their announcement today and basically says.
No can't do that.
Because it'll run -- -- of our computer systems.
Which means either insurers charge lifelong smokers -- for younger smokers are a lot more.
They apply it across the boards of both older and younger smokers get hit with the same penalty.
Which also will tender.
Penalize the younger smokers meanwhile is now clear that while secretary civilians -- assuring congress everything would be ready on time.
Other officials were warning the insurance industry about possible delays.
Gary call and one of the key officials and implementation.
Told insurers in March.
They were developing contingency plans saying quote.
Everyone recognizes that day one will not be perfect the administration is known for several months.
That B roll out of the exchanges is going to be far less.
Robust than they had been planning -- and also told -- there was quote some possibility that some state exchanges might not be ready.
At the same time back in -- -- -- another official overseeing technology for the exchange is said he was quote pretty nervous.
And said the debate over the finer -- stopped and that his thinking was quote.
Let's just make sure it's not a Third World experience.
They were foreshadowing some of the delays.
Other problems that would be coming down the pike even back in March they knew.
Very likely that this was going to be a bit bumpy for them.
The White House -- course sees it differently.
A piece of legislation like this.
To be responsibly implemented.
Needs to be implemented and flexible way.
Meanwhile supporters and opponents today began a long series of ad wars on obamacare and late today Brett democratic senator Jerry Moran said he -- -- a bill to delay the individual.
Mandate until -- when he fifteen.
To match the administration's delay of the employer mandate.
-- -- and thank you.
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