Marriage Penalty

From the 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.”

For an unmarried couple with income of $25,000 each, combined premiums would be capped at $3,076 per year, under the House bill. If the couple gets married, with a combined income of $50,000, their annual premium cap jumps to $5,160 — a “penalty” of $2,084.

Does this seem fair to you?

One thought on “Marriage Penalty

  1. Ok, this is an enormous “DUH!” Are not children raised in two parent homes more likely to be healthier and thus not need as much medical care? You’d think they would encourage people to get married and establish stable environments for their families. I have no desire to even imagine the agenda behind this one.

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