Tag Archives: Smoking

Obamacare so confusing, government computers can’t handle it

Due to contradictory requirements, government computers get confused when trying to enforce the smoker’s provision in Obamacare. The anti-smoking provision allows insurers to charge as much as 50% more to those who use tobacco products. To lure in younger consumers, insurers were expected to penalize them less and hit older smokers with the full penalty.… Read More »

Russia Eyes Higher Taxes, Price Controls to Curb Smoking

Strict new guidelines on where Russians can and cannot smoke, which Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law late February, went into effect Saturday.  BBC News reports: Smoking will be banned at workplaces, housing block stairwells, buses and commuter trains and within 15m of train stations and airports. From 1 June 2014, all cafes, bars,… Read More »

Individual Liberties and the Slippery Slope

Ah, the “slippery slope” metaphor.  Over-used, sometimes misused and rarely is it effectively used – I hope I don’t manage to make those same mistakes. Individual liberties were of prime concern to the founding fathers.  The Constitution makes it difficult for the government to infringe upon the rights of the individual and progressives find this… Read More »