Friday, July 18, 2014
Affordable Care Act and Foreign Living: Day 1,465
The Affordable Care Act (or "Obamacare") is something that has sparked a lot of controversy in the US. "Every American will have health care!" I get it. I do. Everyone has the right to life. But what about us Americans who live outside of the country? What about those of us who live in countries with health care so inexpensive that we just don't bother with medical insurance? Don't worry...they thought about that. Americans who spend over 330 days per year outside of the US do not need medical insurance. (I'm still not sure how they figure that out.) But what does this mean for me as my parents get older? What does this mean for me if there is some emergency in my family and I need to go to the US to help take care of things? So, from over 2,000 miles away--and with the help of my mother--I registered for Government Health Care and was accepted. I am not proud of the fact that I now take your tax dollars just so I can be in the country for more than 35 days of the year. I'm actually quite ashamed...that the United States is denying their own citizens the right to be in their own country. As my own mother recently said (in reference to something else): "They can't really keep you out." Maybe not, mom, but they sure can make it difficult to be there.