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Stop smoking to afford health care

Published: September 29, 2013
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“Oklahomans prepare for health insurance marketplace” (News, Sept. 22) cites a single mom who can't afford to pay for health insurance. She states that she couldn't afford over $75 per month. However, the article said that she's a smoker. At $5 a pack average, that comes to $150 per month for a pack-a-day smoker. She should kick the habit and buy insurance!

If she can't afford it after quitting, then she has a valid complaint. At this point, it seems that her smoking luxury is standing in the way of her health and health care. A lack of personal responsibility is going to bankrupt our country.

Michael Lawlor, Yukon