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.
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?
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?
Are you for or against Obamacare?
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.
© 2013 Greg Boudonck