Living free

LAST OCTOBER I “chatted” with a young ObamaCare commissar, and she told me that American taxpayers permanently residing outside the United States would not be required to buy Barry’s socialized medicine.

Huh?
Huh?

I was never 100 percent convinced the information was correct. I thought perhaps she was simply assuming because it made sense that we would not be stuck in that unholy mire.

But little about ObamaCare is logical.

The commissar sounded as if she were about 20 years old, and perhaps she had been recruited directly out of a correctional facility due to being an oppressed minority with grievances. They do that, you know.

But now I have it in writing, not just once but twice, and I feel much better.

If you are fortunate enough to live beyond much of Barry’s grip, you will enjoy reading on Barry’s own website that you are home free.

The second source is from American Citizens Abroad.

Living free! It’s great. Pack your bags, and come on down.

29 thoughts on “Living free”

      1. Carlos: Well, let’s hope this does not change. It would be a real stretch to require people living outside the U.S. to purchase U.S. medical insurance which, one assumes, would not pay outside the U.S. either. But with the characters running Barry’s government, you can expect most any sort of tomfoolery.

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  1. Given that the snark factor in this post was already up to ear level, was the comment about a minority being recently released from a correctional facility really necessary? Just sayin’ … (a space, 3 dots only and many things left unsaid.)

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    1. Loulou: The snark factor only extended to your ears? I intended it to go over our heads! I am slipping.

      And, yes, the part about the person of color being recently released from the Big House was necessary. Have you not been keeping up with ACORN frauds (hookers and such) and some of the felons hired as ObamaCare “facilitators”? Gotta keep up, Loulou! Close the Huffpost page and look around the internet.

      But I am glad you only put three dots in the ellipsis. It shows you have been paying attention to ole Felipe. That is very good. A gold star to your forehead.

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        1. Loulou: I now have to reduce your star from gold to copper. I never said women use lots of dots. Dot madness seems to know no gender. What women do is use lots of exclamation points. It’s because they are so emotional!

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      1. The dot post, as you linked it, was not only a fun one but a teach/learn post, unlike links to various news and articles anyone can find all over the internet.

        P.S. Platinum is often confused with silver, but it is quite the color, I star it *

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  2. I understand that they are thinking about a expat maintenance tax to support the costs of administration of foreign benefits and overview. It will be a small surcharge based on location and the cooperation of that local government portion of support. It will be introduced in stages so not to upset the expats. It will be taken automatically from the foreign bank account you have listed on the IRS tax form…

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  3. There is still a way by which Estadounidenses living abroad can be snatched back under the umbrella of Obamacare. Spend 35 (or it may be 30) days in the U.S. in the space of 12 months, and that safe haven of the 330 days abroad rule is breached.

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    1. Ms. Shoes: No problem for me and mine. We will never be up there for that long a spell at one time.

      (Translation service: Estadounidenses means Gringos, Americans, whatever. If you think it’s hard to spell, try and pronounce it.)

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      1. As I understand, the law was referring to the time spent in the US was in the aggregate and not in one fell swoop. It could be very easy for some folks (although not folks like us) to spend a week up there, then another 2-week period, and then a few months later, yet another week, putting them under the yoke of Obamacare.

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  4. Because of my military health care, I am required to join and pay the Medicare B premium or I will lose all reimbursement benefits in Mexico. So far, I have spent far less down here in total medical expenses than the $146.90 monthly premium I am charged. To be fair, that charge has nothing to do with Obamacare. But Señorita Jennifer is correct. I often find myself north of the Rio Bravo in excess of the total of magic “gotcha” days. So, I consider it my tribute to the emperor. It would be just my bad luck to have a heart attack near an American hospital than in Mexico.

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  5. The ACA is a gift to capitalists. It develops competition in each state between private insurance companies, a sort of textbook definition of capitalism.

    The ACA is not socialized medicine since the customer is still buying insurance. Socialized medicine is not an insurance plan; it is a health plan. Under socialized medicine, you do not worry about bills and deductibles, you go to the doctors or hospital and get your care and walk away.

    Socialized medicine is also single payer; you simply have health coverage by virtue of being a citizen, and taxpayer money is used to cover everyone. The ACA, however,does not cover those who opt-out, or who do not qualify for coverage.

    Here are two examples of single payer, English speaking countries that clearly fit the definition of socialized medicine. Namely Canada (1966) and the United Kingdom (1948). Do a little independent research and drop the commissar references it does little to advance your shallow criticism(s) of “Barry”.

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    1. Oh, Beanie, I know ObamaCare is not socialized medicine. However, it does lean too far in that direction for my taste, plus I just enjoy saying unkind things about Barry and everything he sticks his nicotine-fouled fingers into.

      As far as ObamaCare being a gift to capitalists, we’ll have to disagree on that point. Perhaps, in some cases, to insurance companies. However, I think you’d be hard-pressed to find many business owners (especially small and medium) who consider it a gift. Quite the contrary.

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  6. Medical ethics and physician-patient confidentiality are now known as oxymorons under Obamacare. The Obama Administration has zero-tolerance for privacy.

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    1. The ACA destroys the patient-physician relationship how? It seems to me that providing patients with more choices of health insurance, better benefits, and transparent information on claims payment policies, enrollments, denials, out-of-network cost-sharing would be good for the doctor-patient relationship.

      The truth is that almost all of the ACA rules are imposed on insurance companies, not on physicians. The rules on insurance companies are mostly about making sure that they provide adequate benefits, spend most of the premium dollar on patient care rather then profit and administration, and that they don’t turn people down because they are sick.

      It would be helpful to anyone reading your statement of “oxymorons” sic and “zero-tolerance” that you provide an actual example beyond personal opinion.

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        1. Last year, millions of Americans opened letters from their insurance companies. But instead of the usual dread that comes from getting a bill, they were pleasantly surprised with a check. Another 8.5 million rebates are being sent out this summer, averaging around a hundred bucks each.

          That was last year and this year the numbers are even higher. Facts matter…

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  7. Beanie, you are wrong about Obamacare and physicians. I know. I am one, and will be retiring soon due to the ACA. Most of my colleagues are eyeing the exits as well.

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