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Broward’s Deficit Solution to Penalize Smokers

September 21, 2009

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What is Broward County’s solution to a $106 million deficit? Charging county employees who smoke or lead unhealthy lives new fees.

The Sun-Sentinel reports:

Government workers who smoke will pay higher health insurance premiums if they don’t quit by the end of the year. Employees also will pay more if they refuse to participate in an annual health assessment and a blood test that screens for high cholesterol and diabetes.

Each surcharge will add $520 a year to the premiums deducted from employee paychecks. That’s a big windfall for county government, where the cost of health insurance for 5,800 workers tops $47 million a year.

Not everyone is happy about the county’s plan for a windfall on the backs of county employees. An unhappy smoker in the county’s records division told the Sun-Sentinel, “How can they tell us how to live our lives? Even if I wasn’t a smoker, I’d feel that way. It’s totally against what America’s about.”

Broward County targets smokers with new fee [Sun-Sentinel]

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Dan permalink
    September 21, 2009 2:24 pm

    If I worked there I would take up smoking and start downing twinkies till I puke. Just so I could file a discrimination suit against them when they enacted this.

  2. October 1, 2009 6:00 am

    Thats very good to know… thanks

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