From website crashes to long holds on calls, the issues involved with the unveiling of the Affordable Care Act are well documented.
But now, could it be breaking couples up?
CBS 2’s Don Champion spoke to one Brooklyn couple today who said they may be forced to get a divorce to get health insurance.
Nona Willis Aronowitz and Aaron Cassara met in 2008.
Four years later, there is now irony in the fact the couple could soon divorce.
“After Obamacare has rolled out, we realized that we would save thousands of dollars if we got divorced,” Aronowitz said.
The issue for Aronowitz and Cassara is that together as family of only two, they make more than the $62,000 level to qualify for subsidies under the Affordable Care Act. But if they lived together unmarried, they would qualify for the subsidies and could literally save hundreds of dollars a month on their health care.
A single person can qualify for subsidies if they make less than $46,000 a year.
“It’s really complicated,” Aronowitz said. “Go on the website, you’ll see what I mean.”
Aronowitz, a freelance writer, and Cassara, who works as a freelancer in the film industry, lost their health coverage recently when Aronowitz was laid off.
Critics of the Affordable Care Act have called the pricey decision couple faces the “marriage penalty.” But the income levels for subsidies were set by Congress.
“I’m an educated, very well plugged-in person and I can’t figure it out,” Aronowitz said.
The couple is looking at other health options before making the divorce decision.
Read more at CBS 2 NEW YORK.