...except, if you have a severe reaction to a vaccine, your insurance will not cover the resulting medical bills. Even if you call it "vaccine-induced seizure and resultant brain damage" rather than "autism," the therapies necessary for any degree of recovery (speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, ABA, etc.) are either not covered by standard health insurance, or are covered in such ridiculously small amounts (we were covered for exactly EIGHT speech therapy sessions) that it's like a sick joke.
So it's not really fair to compare non-vaxers to smokers.
For those of us who have severe reactions to vaccines, we would either have to pay more to avoid vaccination, or pay more for the care necessary after vaccine damage.
Either way, it's punishing those who cannot be vaccinated--and there is absolutely no system in place to pre-screen for those who might be likely to have reactions.
I completely agree that it is an unfair comparison, but I see that argument being used. I think Dinahx also brings up a valid point about all the other choices people make that put health at risk. I once read somewhere that an obnoxious amount of the worlds healthcare costs can be attributed to issues/illnesses that could be largely avoided by breast feeding. Why wouldn't that be targeted first? Or obesity? Or pollution? Non-vaxxing parents are on the periphery, we are the minority, and therefor are the most convenient scapegoat to pin health issues on. There would be a massive tantrum if people were charged more for every Big-Mac they ate, but non-vaxxers? We already have a bad enough rap in the eye of society that I see something like raising our healthcare costs or denying coverage as being something that the majority of people would not blink an eye at.