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More couples are choosing to marry, and in in some cases even divorce, for medical coverage. And some are prolonging unhappy marriages to avoid going without coverage.

The life-changing influence of health care on marriages is more common than you might think. A recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll found that "7 percent of adults said someone in their household had married in the past year to gain access to insurance." As one woman weighing divorce to be enrolled in a low-income health insurance program told the New York Times, “What happened to our country? I don’t remember growing up like this.”

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