Years ago I wrote a movie for Warner Brothers called Divorce and Consent. It was about a married couple who for tax purposes, decide to take advantage of the tax loophole which allowed them to save about $20,000 in taxes by being divorced. In this romantic comedy, they use the money to take a Christmas Caribbean vacation with plans to return after the first of the year and remarrying. Finding themselves suddenly single and at a romantic tropical resort, the once again single and date-able couple, find their love being tested.
Maybe it's time to dust off that script and make a few changes -- like Reagan to Obama as President, and Federal tax loopholes to Obamacare loopholes. The rest seems to be pretty much the same.
Oh, BTW, the reason this picture didn't get completed is that the studio and the director didn't see eye to eye. And when they finally came to an agreement, the tax loophole had been fixed, and thus the picture lost its true foundation.
The foundation is back according to this story as reported in MailOnline.
Nona Willis-Aronowitz, 29 and Aaron Cassara, 32 got married in 2009 because Aaron needed health insurance. Four years later they might divorce because of Obamacare.
The Brooklyn couple, recently featured on a CBS News segment, would not qualify for subsidies under the Affordable Care Act because they make a combined income of more than $62,0000.Those costs include monthly premium and out-of-pocket costs for things like copays, deductibles and out-of-pocket medical expenses.
But if the couple were to divorce, Nona and Aaron could save hundreds of dollars each month on healthcare related costs. That's because if they divorce and live together they could earn over $90,000 and still qualify for Obamacare subsidies.
So, if this story holds water, and it probably does, there are certain issues that need to be addressed.
If you saw my post last week, Reverse Obamacare Horror Story, one woman found that with her subsidies, she was only going to pay $1.11/month for family coverage -- so there's lot's of anomalies. But the point is that it's interesting that this young Brooklyn couple and this Black mother of three would not only find some sort of anomalies in the system, but that they were on the system at all. So the conclusion I'm seeing that the site, battered and bruised as it may be, does work and people are looking into getting coverage. That saves everyone money. Even if it shows other types of subsidy issues, the law is working and people are signing up. We can tackle the subsidy loop holes along the way. Getting people to signed up is the important part.
Wait a minute, come to think of it, I hope they don't plug those subsidy loop holes too soon. First I've gotta get my agent to call Warners and see if he can get them re-interested in Divorce and Consent.