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Topic - David Hold
A state lawmaker in Oklahoma, concerned about the costs of the President Obama's health-care reform, has brought forth a bill to curb expenses: Fire cigarette smokers.
A big reason for his concern, Mr. Hold said, was the projected rise in health-care costs because of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
"There are the kinds of protections you'd think we have for race and gender, not smokers," Mr. Hold told KFOR-TV in Oklahoma City. "Forcing employers to compensate or provide benefits to smokers at the exact same rates as they do their nonsmoking employees ... [is] just not fair to employers."