Healthcare Reform from an expat’s point of view
Posted on March 27, 2010 by yankeebean
Well, this week history was made (again!) by Barack Obama. On 22nd March the Healthcare Reform Bill was passed in the Us of A…
I’ve seen it on the news again and again. I’ve seen the ‘discussions’ (fights/soapbox speeches/propaganda) on Facebook and Twitter. I’ve developed my own opinions and arguments about what I think is right. But I’m not gong to talk about any of that now…
You’ve probably noticed by now that this isn’t a political blog
But I’ve just spent the past 2 hours up to my neck in White House reports, news articles and blogs about the Healthcare Reform Bill. It was high-time I got myself an edu-ma-cation about this matter that’s happening thousands of miles away in a country that I don’t live in anymore – but where I still cast my vote.
Being in the UK means that friends and family in America often ask questions when things like this happen, and I feel like I should be much better informed. Some people seem to think that the NHS causes more problems than it solves, others appear to believe that it means Brits to never worry about getting ill, or never having to spend hours looking at an income protection website in order to be sure they’ll cope if someone is unable to work. Those of us living here have probably found neither to be entirely true.
It’s straight-up weird to not live there when something big happens. Or something big is happening. It’s weird to not know how American people are experiencing these changes. How they’re talking about it at coffee break… or fighting about it out back (depending on how they communicate)
I’m experiencing it from a British point of view, but I’m not British (and I’m guessing a lot of you are in the same boat). It effects me because my parents, my brother, his wife, and the rest of my family are going to live these changes.
It’s strange to be so close and so far from something at the same time. Another part of the expat process?