Love (and re­form) are in the air

Modern Healthcare - - OUTLIERS -

Ah, spring. A time when Out­liers’ fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love ... and health­care re­form’s ef­fects on mar­riage.

Sure, Pres­i­dent Barack Obama has promised that the Pa­tient Pro­tec­tion and Af­ford­able Care Act will lead to a de­cline in the num­ber of unin­sured and bet­ter health­care cov­er­age for all. But a Cal­i­for­nia con­gress­woman also sees a chance to boost wed­ded bliss.

Speak­ing re­cently at a sub­com­mit­tee hear­ing on the ACA’s im­pact on small busi­ness, Demo­cratic Rep. Jan­ice Hahn said, “It’s an in­ter­est­ing an­gle, to talk about peo­ple who re­ally only have jobs for the health in­sur­ance as be­ing one an­gle to that. I had a friend who got mar­ried to the wrong per­son just so she could have health in­sur­ance. So, we’ll also have a lot of less bad mar­riages as a re­sult of this.”

Given that the U.S. Cen­sus Bureau has re­ported that the di­vorce rate for first mar­riages is around 50%, might such an ar­gu­ment lead some ACA op­po­nents to sup­port re­form? Out­liers isn’t hold­ing our breath.

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“I now pro­nounce you in­sured.”

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