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November 18, 2013 - 2:29 pm

Is this an accident or was it by design? Jonathan V. Last reports on yet another hidden gem in Obamacare.

A married couple can get Obamacare subsidies if their income is less than 400 percent above the poverty line. But because the federal poverty level for married couples is less than double the level for individuals, a couple that lives together without getting married can make more money than a married couple, yet still get Obamacare subsidies.

The Atlantic reports that in practice, this means that a married couple in New York making more than a combined $62,040 gets no subsidies from Obamacare. But two people who live together without getting married? They can make up to a combined $91,920 and still get subsidies from the government.

On one hand, this may be accidental because, let’s face it, no one read Obamacare before passing it, so who know’s what’s in there?

But on the other hand, studies and polls have shown that the so-called “gender gap” is really a marriage gap. Single women and men vote for Democrats, while married women and men tend to vote Republican.

marriage-gap

Source: Wall Street Journal

The US marriage rate has declined over the past several decades. Speaking of politics, this would tend to help which side?

Married people tend to be better off than single people, and children raised by married couples tend to do better than children raised by single people. The better people tend to do on their own, the less they need government largesse. More dependence on government helps which side?

Would the same bunch who want “comprehensive immigration reform” expressly because it would help them mint millions of new voters also enact a law that stealthily undermines the economics of marriage?

Yeah, they would. In a heartbeat.

And someone had to write this effective penalty into the law.

Obamacare delenda est.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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That's the way it has been in Maryland for years (it's Obama's Progressive America on a smaller scale). Some social workers have even told parents of special needs children that if they get a divorce (but can still live together), they qualify for more benefits for their kids.
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Won't the increased fees from Gay and lesbian marriage fill in the money shortfall?
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Obamacare rewards Julias and Sandras, punishes married couples.
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I went on the site and tried to see if some sort of subsidy was available for a single old guy. I took my income all the way to zero $$ on the scale and still got no subsidy. so, do I need to partner up with somebody to get a subsidy? what is the diff between a single person and a single person living w/ somebody? semantics?

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The gays are going to be PO'd after all that work they did getting marriage "rights".
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