It has become so expensive for sick people to purchase health insurance in the United States that at least one woman is blatantly offering to marry for health care benefits.
Pre-existing condition is a term that has entered Americans' every day vocabulary with the discussion over the Democrats' Health Care Reform, and its a very real problem for the very sick, who suddenly find their health insurance situation changing due to events like divorce.
That's what's facing 45-year-old Terri Carlson. Diagnosed with with an illness called C4 Complement Deficiency she has had her own immune system in a similar way to the more well known Lupus does.
Recently divorced Carlson is currently carrying a COBRA policy, but that is slated to expire within the next year, and with her illness sending her premiums through the stratosphere, Carlson told CBS that she has no other alternative to marry not for love, but for health insurance.
In order to facilitate her search Carlson has set up a website whose headline reads "Will Marry for Health Insurance!"
"It is not easy living with my disease and now that I have the genetic answer for my health issues, every insurance company uses the information to deny me insurance coverage," she writes.
During an interview with CBS news, Carlson let it be known she was pulling no punches, "The lower the co-pay, the sexier you are to me." she said.