Obamacare Hates Marriage
Life is hard in “
post-recessionary” America, people …
Jobs (especially full-time ones) are scarce. Wages are stagnant. Hours are down. Income levels are plummeting. Meanwhile prices are rising and the country’s economy is about to be saddled with the burden of Obamacare.
What’s a typical American family to do? Well if you’re a middle-aged married couple (or an older married couple), you might want to consider getting divorced.
Wait … what?
“A typical 40-year old couple with two kids could save $7,230 a year by divorcing if one partner earns, say, $70,000 and the other $23,000,” reporter Jacqueline Leo of The Financial Times notes. “Sixty year-olds earning $62,041 each a year would save $11,028 annually if they broke up.”
Wow … them’s some serious dollars, y’all.
Leo is riffing off of a report in PJ Media … which refers back to a January 2010 report from the Heritage Foundation.
“At nearly all age and income levels, (Obamacare) profoundly discriminates against married couples, providing far less support to a husband and wife than to a cohabiting couple with the same income,” the Heritage report noted, concluding that “married couples across America will be taxed to provide discriminatory benefits to couples who cohabit, divorce, or never marry.”
This “Federal Wedding Tax” is now about to take effect …
So … what do ordinary Americans think of this tax on marriage?
Hmmmm … maybe we can get Jimmy Kimmel to ask them.
Anyway, social conservatives might not mind the “wedding tax” as it is likely to put a significant damper on gay marriages (if not the crusade to legalize them).