Smoking has its risks, but in California higher prices for health insurance probably won't be among them.
The federal health law allows states to charge smokers up to 50 percent more for a health plan, but a bill moving forward in the California Legislature would prevent that from happening.
The Affordable Care Act is supposed to remove discrimination in the pricing of health insurance for things like gender and medical condition. Critics say a tobacco surcharge creates a new category of discrimination against smokers.
When it comes to pain and suffering, drugs, surgery and other tools of modern medicine play an indisputable part in relieving that pain. But KUNC commentator Dr. Marc Ringel believes the human mind can be an equally powerful remedy…