ObamaCare’s War on Marriage

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By Devon Herrick,

from NCPA,

First marriages are taking place later in life. And, increasingly, couples are opting out of marriage entirely. Living together prior to marriage — or as a substitute for marriage — is about 15 times more common today than it was 50 years ago. About half of all women of childbearing age have lived with a romantic partner prior to marriage. This figure approaches three-quarters of women in their 20s. Social conservatives may dismiss this as a case of waning morality — morally-challenged couples shacking up rather than entering into holy matrimony. Yet the reasons could be partially economic.

The decline of marriage may be partly due to so-called marriage penalties in the federal tax code, and in government welfare programs. You can add another penalty to the list: the ObamaCare exchange marriage penalty.

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