Under the measures, Californians buying their own health coverage couldn't be denied because of a prior condition, and insurers could only set their premiums based on age, geography and family size.
Smokers couldn't be charged more than non-smokers, even though the federal health law allows for it.
Assemblyman Bill Monning authored one of the bills. He says charging smokers more could price them out of health coverage.
"Those higher risk patients will still need treatment, they'll
still potentially access emergency rooms, we'll all shoulder the
cost of that at a much higher cost. So our goal is to try to
maximize the number of people we get into the system."
JOHNSTON: "The notion that everyone who is taking care of their health and not smoking, should subsidize the Californians who smoke and injure their own health seems to me inconsistent with the law."
The identical bills will get floor votes this month.