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Thursday, September 26, 2013

ObamaCare has Financial Incentives to Divorce


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Ah, the evils of the "wedding tax" has come to bloom.

What a load of crap this idiocy is!

It's frighteningly complicated, but Tom Blumer does a pretty good job of explaining it. Check out his full article at PJ Media here.

A small excerpt:

The couple’s [a hypothetical 40 yr. old couple w/ two children] annual unsubsidized premium while married is $11,547 (OFA’s vaunted “tax credits” disappear at $92,401 for married couples with two children). But if they divorce and shack up while giving custody of both children to the lower-earning spouse, their combined annual premiums, at $4,317, will be over $7,200 lower. That’s over $600 a month. As was the case in the previous example, the savings from divorce will gradually increase every year. Parents will be torn between doing what Western civilization has considered morally right for millennia and their children’s financial well-being as never before.  
There may be contrary examples, but in all of my research into the inner workings of Obamacare as embodied in Kaiser’s model, I was unable to find a single instance where staying married led to a lower net healthcare premium compared to divorcing and living together. Clearly, many couples who are considering marriage, especially after several years of seeing formerly married couples regress to cohabiting, will look at Obamacare’s “wedding tax” and say, “Never mind.” The effect on society will be incalculable, and certainly not for the good. 
As designed, Obamacare threatens to turn cohabiting while functionally living as if married into a national sport.
Well, ObamaCare's just looking better and better, isn't it?

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