4 Ways Health Care Reform Affects Relationships

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4 ways the health care reform bill could affect your relationship.

Unless you've been living in a cave somewhere, (it's OK if you have been—we don't judge) you know that President Obama has really been shaking things up on Capitol Hill. Standing at the helm of the Democratic majority, he managed to push the first health care reform bill in 50 years (since Medicare passed) through Congress.

We have to admit, political parties aside, that this is an enormous achievement. Barack Obama Ruined My Game

Government progress? Be still our hearts!

But after the smoke has cleared, along with the shock and excitement, and the dismay of Republicans, many are wondering how all this will affect their lives. And here at YourTango, of course we're worried about how this will impact our relationships.

So with a salute to Uncle Sam, we put on our hard hats and dove into the 2,074 page bill to pull out the facts that matter most to you and your lover.

1. Insurance Until You're 26

Obama's new health care plan allows children to stay on their parent's health insurance until they are 26 years old. Before this, most health care policies refused to cover children after they turned 19 or graduated from college. This left many young Americans without access to affordable health care and in a tight spot. Therefore, for couples where only one person had insurance it made the most sense to get married as soon as possible in order to share health coverage. This was especially true if one partner had an expensive medical condition. In fact, according to a 2008 poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation, 7 percent of Americans reported that they agreed to marriage for health benefits.

Well those days are over! If he's not Mr. Right and you're not yet 27 there is no need to jump the gun. We Married For Health Insurance

2. Relationship Counseling Available

The government wants in on your marriage. Not in the sense that you need to make room in your bed, but in the sense that if you're having troubles they want to help. According to page 489 Sec. 1308 of the new bill, (we feel smarter just saying that) marriage and family counseling will be covered. So for couples going through a rough patch, professional counseling is a very real and feasible option. "You Might Need A Marriage Checkup"