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Married couples pay more than unmarried under health bill

Wall Street Journal, January 7, 2010

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 Wall Street Journal reports. 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, the Journal reports.