Does Health Care Reform Discourage Marriage?

on October 28, 2011

The House Oversight Committee released a 22-page report yesterday finding that Obama’s health care law will discourage marriage and could even lead married couples to divorce.

The report says that the health law will make it financially advantageous to be single because the tax credits that the law will create to help people purchase health insurance will disproportionately benefit singles.

Only 2 million of America’s 60 million couples would be eligible to receive a health insurance tax credit under the law, in effect creating a marriage penalty. according to the Oversight Committee. Over time, the committee believes that this situation will directly cause fewer individuals to marry and more couples to divorce.

A law that was supposed to promote health and wellness is not supposed to incentivize divorce.