Michelle Goodman over at the Nine to Thrive blog put together an excellent post on what she thinks will be the 7 biggest work/life balance stories for 2009.
For story #5, Michelle says:
7 percent of Americans admittedly to marrying so they or their partner could get on the other’s health insurance plan.
This is fascinating, and I find it completely plausible.
For instance, many Microsoft contractors are eager to be a full-time employees, and the most often cited reason why is Microsoft’s no contribution, no deductible health care benefit
. Story #5 would take this idea one-step further. Rather than get a full-time Microsoft job, simply marry someone with full-time status.
PS Michelle gives me credit for inspiring story #2.