The Effects of Obamacare on Puerto Rico

As an expat living with my beautiful wife, Lastheart here in Puerto Rico, I have been watching the situation with Obamacare very closely.

In all honesty, as a full time writer, i do not have a viable health care plan. At 50 years old, I know that health care may be very important for me.

Writing and publishing can be a roller coaster in finances. I have learned to save when times are good, because there are many slow times. I know for sure that I could never pay for health care off what I make here on Hubpages.

I knew that I better study how this Obamacare thing will work here in Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States and all citizens of Puerto Rico are also citizens of the United States.

Before I explain the effects this new system has on Puerto Rico, I must state that I am amazed that the American people have allowed Socialism to take a strong foothold in the United States of America.

Affordable Care Act

Obamacare is really called ACA or Affordable Care Act.

The bill went into action on October 1st,2013. If you are a resident in the United States, you have a brief amount of time to gain health care insurance.

It is a fact that many States have set up health care market places. If your State hasn't, there is a federal market place. You can get supposedly inexpensive insurance with no looking at your health history.

This all sounds good, but the fact is, it is too good to be true.

If you still cannot afford this "inexpensive" insurance, you will be punished at tax time.

Some people are living day to day and there is no extra for even an "inexpensive" insurance.

Well, from what I read this far, I don't have the worry of the penalty at tax time since I live in Puerto Rico. But what other effects are there?

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Puerto Rico and ACA

Yes, some of the Obamacare rules are coming to Puerto Rico, but the lawmakers and lawyers here are still very confused with it. Puerto Rico has been running a health care system for poor people for quite some time. Obamacare will put financial backing to that system.

The worst effect that Obamacare has on Puerto Rico is:

The Doctors are leaving.

Doctors make more money in the United States. With Obamacare, the need for Doctors is at an all-time high in the United States; especially bilingual Doctors.

The Doctors are leaving.

Who will give health care here?

What may end up happening is people who need good health care may also flock to United States soil.

Yes, our population may drop substantially here on this enchanted island, but if Maggie or I need medical care, will we end up at a witchdoctor?

Obamacare has created a whole new set of problems.

What will happen?

The Conspiracy Theory

My last thought was to go ahead and visit the Healthcare.gov website.

Second thoughts hit me.

Surely Obama and company are deceptive enough to track any and all that visit that site and will know if you are insured or not.

I didn't visit.

Is it a conspiracy theory or not?

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Final Thoughts

Why is it that the Government officials do not have to follow the Obamacare system?

I was always taught that what is good for the goose is good for the gander.

Yes, I am a poor person, but I am a poor person who does not support Obamacare.

YOU???

© 2013 Greg Boudonck

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6 comments

DaVonna Shilts 2 years ago

The Dr's here are closing do to Obamacare . A lot of people have lost there ins and are being turned down for new. It is a mess.


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

Interesting to read the effects of this in another country. Thanks for your viewpoint, Greg. I just started Medicare so honestly I haven't really paid much attention to Obamacare. I have enough issues to deal with without getting wrapped up in one that doesn't affect me. Good luck my friend.


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Lastheart 2 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

We need to be still and know that God is God.

John 9:6 says "When He had said this, He spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and applied the clay to his eyes, "

Jesus showed us what to do...faith in the doctors of doctors called our Creator, Lord and Savior.

Obama and nobody else can tell us what to do for our health. Everybody can give opinion, ideas, or advices but it is of each individual to choose.

We all know that it is not about health, but about money!!!!


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Froggy213 2 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico Author

I wish you well davonna--thanks for your input.

Billy, I am happy that you have your path paved and no worries. Keep the great articles coming!

Lastheart my love; you write very wise words. You are absolutely "spot on"


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean

Froggy, your views on the ACA provide much food for thought. At the same time, folks seem to be shut in and cannot do anything except think. Lastheart offers some good advice: "Everybody can give opinion, ideas, or advices but it is of each individual to choose."


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Froggy213 2 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico Author

Thank you MsDora. I hope everyone will be wise.

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