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January 8, 2010

MARRIED COUPLES WOULD HAVE TO PAY MORE FOR SUBSIDIZED HEALTH INSURANCE UNDER PLAN

Wall Street Journal - Some married couples would pay thousands of dollars more for the same health insurance coverage as unmarried people living together, under the health insurance overhaul plan pending in Congress.

The built-in "marriage penalty" in both House and Senate healthcare bills has received scant attention. But for scores of low-income and middle-income couples, it could mean a hike of $2,000 or more in annual insurance premiums the moment they say "I do."

The disparity comes about in part because subsidies for purchasing health insurance under the plan from congressional Democrats are pegged to federal poverty guidelines. That has the effect of limiting subsidies for married couples with a combined income, compared to if the individuals are single.

People who get their health insurance through an employer wouldn't be affected. Only people that buy subsidized insurance through new exchanges set up by the legislation stand to be impacted. About 17 million people would receive such subsidies in 2016 under the House plan, the Congressional Budget Office estimates.

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Anonymous we will overcome said...

The two major political parties and the corporate press have done everything they could have to unermine and insinuate themselves into the traditional family. From so-called women's lib which mostly involved laying off the husband and hiring his wife cheaply to free market bullshit which mostly involves legalising corruption, those bastards think they've won. But guess what? Their ploys only give us resolve, because like the heroic Russians at Stalingrad and the Vietnamese at Dienbienphu, we will overcome because we are right and we are just.

January 9, 2010 7:27 PM  

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