Now we know in the health care bill that if you are an American living abroad, chances are you may never use the US health care system. The idea prompted the legislature in the House of Representatives to exclude the ex-pats from the Obama Health Care Tax, reports the Israeli Daily Newspaper Haaretz
This is a problem common for most “universal” health care systems around the world. Usually citizens who live outside the country for 6 months or more are exempt of paying a health tax.
The question of fairness of the mandatory health care insurance in the health care bill is highly visible in the case of the Americans living abroad. They may never use the system or they may use it after all – we don’t know. Hypothetically an ex-pat may get a cancer and come back in the US to get a treatment with better chances of a positive outcome after years of not paying Obama’s health tax.
And if the Americans living abroad are exempt from the tax, why in the health care bill is the tax mandatory for healthy young people who may not need to use the health care system this tax year?
The legislative mish-mash that Democrat’s Congress is cooking is even more confusing on the matter since the Senate version of the bill does not exclude the ex-pat Americans from paying their share of the tax pie.
It is not even clear if the Government mandated health insurance is constitutional in the health care bill. It widely compared with the mandatory car insurance. The logic is flawed, because you can choose not to have a car, but you cannot choose to stop breathing.