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By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
Topic - David Woodmansee
The board charged with implementing federal health care reforms in the District has voted to prohibit insurance companies from charging higher premiums to cigarette smokers, adding the city to a handful of states rejecting such surcharges because of the effect they have on poor families who are more likely to smoke.
Before the Affordable Care Act, five states prohibited smoking premium for individuals and 13 states banned it in small group plans, Mr. Woodmansee said.
"Just because people have become addicted to a terrible drug is not a reason to turn our back on them in providing health care," he said, noting that low-income people are more likely to smoke.