Today Fox News ran the story in the video above about how Obamacare will destroy marriage for the middle class because its means-testing requirements will force millions of couples to choose between marriage and health insurance. That’s because married couples who file joint federal tax returns will be means-tested by their combined income, but unmarried couples filing separately will not. Since marriage is optional, but Obamacare is mandatory, most unmarried middle class couples will have to forego marriage to afford their Obamacare. Obamacare may even force millions of couples to divorce.
The poor, the disabled and the elderly who need long term nursing home care already know how means-tested health insurance discourages marriages or forces divorces thanks to Medicaid. (One of the toughest things estate attorneys have to tell their married clients is that they should divorce promptly if one of them may need nursing home care in order to protect the spouse who is still able to live independently from being left destitute by Medicaid’s means tests.)
I pointed out that Obamacare will destroy marriage for everyone on March 24, 2010, the day after Obama signed Obamacare into law.
If the National Organization for Marriage really cared about protecting marriage, Obamacare is the asteroid that is going to make it all but extinct. If NOM’s true purpose were to protect marriage, it would be fighting the things that truly threaten it.