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Wed December 18, 2013

Paying People To Quit Smoking, Eat Right And Work Out

Would you stop smoking to get a four-figure payday? The ACA has a provision to do just that.
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BPR podcast for 12/18/13.

Buried in the Affordable Care Act — the much-ballyhooed and also much-maligned healthcare initiative championed by Pres. Obama — is a provision for paying employees for living clean, healthy lifestyles. That includes smoking cessation incentives, gym discounts and other things.

The Healthcare.gov "fumble" from earlier in the year is slowly being rectified by the Obama administration's tech wizards, day by day. Much more ground remains to be covered, but it seems the President's signature piece of legislation may convince some people to live a lot healthier.

What do you think about smoking cessation and other incentives? Would this work for you, and more importantly, do these types of things make you appreciate ObamaCare in spite of its messy web rollout? Have you had it with the President's plan, or are you ready to forgive and forget?

Jim Braude and Margery Eagan talked it all over with listeners. If your view is shifting on the ACA, leave us a comment on our Facebook page, or below.

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