More Say 'I Do' for Health Plans

About 7% marry to get coverage as costs soar
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 29, 2008 10:12 AM CDT
Researchers said health care is likely to become a major battleground as candidates fight for independent votes.   (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
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(Newser) – Health-insurance worries have gotten so serious they're pushing some Americans up the aisle, the Los Angeles Times reports. In a new survey, 7% of people said they or somebody in their household had married in the last year to get health benefits. The survey also found that health-care worries trumped concerns over housing costs, food prices, and credit card debt.

Researchers said people who ranked health-care benefits among their reasons for tying the knot tended to be younger and from lower-income households. A companion poll found that voters, especially independents, are becoming more concerned about cutting health-care costs than expanding the number of Americans with coverage. Health-care inflation has run at about double the pace of economic growth in recent years.