ObamaCare: Breaking up families since 2013!
But now, could it be breaking couples up?
CBS 2’s Don Champion spoke to one Brooklyn couple on Wednesday who said they may be forced to get a divorce to get health insurance.
Nona Willis Aronowitz and Aaron Cassara’s love affair began at a party in 2008.
“We kissed on a bean bag chair,” Aronowitz said.
A year later, it grew into a marriage at City Hall in Manhattan.
“It was really sudden,” Aronowitz said. “It was basically because he needed health insurance, and I had a job that would give that to him.”
But four years later, there is now irony in the fact the couple could soon divorce for the same reason.
“After Obamacare has rolled out, we realized that we would save thousands of dollars if we got divorced,” Aronowitz said.
The issue for Aronowitz and Cassara is that together as family of only two, they make more than the $62,000 level to qualify for subsidies under the Affordable Care Act. But if they lived together unmarried, they would qualify for the subsidies and could literally save hundreds of dollars a month on their health care.
A single person can qualify for subsidies if they make less than $46,000 a year.
“It’s really complicated,” Aronowitz said. “Go on the website, you’ll see what I mean.”
Aronowitz, a freelance writer, and Cassara, who works as a freelancer in the film industry, lost their health coverage recently when Aronowitz was laid off.
Critics of the Affordable Care Act have called the pricey decision couple faces the “marriage penalty.” But the income levels for subsidies were set by Congress.
A Democrat Congress, they fail to note. So, folk, how’s that Hopenchange working out for you?
Just a hunch, but I’m going to guess these folks didn’t vote for Romney. Oh, and remind us again how this won’t hurt Democrats in 2014.