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By David Keene
Allowing states to innovate could reduce dependency on bureaucracy
Topic - Holly Fernandez Lynch
States are wrestling with how to treat smokers under the new health care law as they navigate the thorny issue of providing coverage for those who knowingly engage in harmful behavior and how much taxpayers should pay for those folks' choices.
But none of those jurisdictions is pondering higher rates for motorcyclists, skydivers or folks who engage in other risky behaviors, said Holly Fernandez Lynch, executive director of the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School.
"It says on the label, 'This product will kill you,' but people do it anyway."