Volsky argues that if you take two couples, identical in every other respect, with the only difference being one is married and the other is cohabitating, it makes sense to favor the latter with subsidies.
"If you are a married couple, the understanding is that you pool your resources together from two people and as a unit you can afford more than roommates or people who don't have that kind of arrangement," Volsky said.
Volsky also argues that it would cost billions more in subsidies if they were to be extended to married couples. Republicans do not want to spend more on health care subsidies, he said.
Williams believes that Democrats and their allies, such as Volsky, are reluctant to acknowledge the illogic of the distinction between marriage and cohabitation because they fear that the critiques of Obamacare are part of a larger agenda to destroy the law.
"I don't think anyone would argue that the ACA is the best program that we can devise," Williams said. "I think the president and the Democrats would be happy to open the whole thing up again if they didn't fear they would lose a lot of baby with the bath water.
"If you turn back the clock about 20 years, Williams said, "the Heritage Foundation was pushing exactly the kind of thing you have in Obamacare. What is different now than then? Well, someone else is proposing it."
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