Obamacare Penalizes Married People

Married Couples Pay More Than Unmarried Under Health Bill

Not only penalizing married people, but penalizing poorer married people:

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.

It applies to those who would get subsidized insurance, not employer insurance. Of course, the existence of subsidized insurance is a potential threat to the existence of employer insurance.

I think this should be getting more attention. But I guess the only way that public attention can affect things would be if the public had a say in the government. Apparently the last time we had any input was in November 2008.

Via Instapundit.


  1. Shortly, the best way to get politician’s attention will be to write them letters, wrap the letter around a brick, and throw it through the window of their office.

    Can you hear me now?

  2. Let me share an ultimate truth with the lefties (though they will not appreciate or believe it). When you provide something to millions of people at not cost to themselves, some one else has to pay for it. No free lunch remember?

    However in my anticipated capacity as the Obamanation’s People’s Commissar for Correct Thought and Conduct…..the truth I’ll be sharing with all of you is………it was never really YOUR moaney anyway. The only reason you earned it was because society afforded you the opportunity to do so. So when we tax you at 100% we’re really just using OUR money. You should be proud to be doing your part.

    I dunno? the whole Commissar sounds like a lot of work for little adulation………maybe I’ll just go into televangilism.

    1. Reminds me of the Soviet worker talking about the economy, and how it worked in Soviet Russia.

      “We pretend to work, and they pretend to pay us”.


  3. What a tangled web they weave. The more they meddle, the more f-ed up things get. And then to try to fix that f up, they tinker some more and screw some other people over. Now it’s time for some more tinkering.

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