Under the new health care plan, couples that are married would be punished financially. The health care plan that Congress proposes would force married couples to pay thousands more than their unmarried counterparts who choose to live together without saying “I do.”
The extra costs evolve from language placed in both the House and Senate bills regarding subsidies and the federal poverty level. The subsidies are closely tied to the federal poverty level, and this limits the funding a married couple with a combined income can receive versus the monetary breaks an individual can receive.
This level changes every year and is adjusted slightly for each additional person, but if a couple makes similar incomes, this new bill could end up hurting them financially.