The documentary here:
http://vimeo.com/... (Spanish only, unfortunately for those who don't speak it)
is an excellent exploration of the usurpation of the coast of Baja California Sur by developers. This is taking away livelihoods, in many cases wrecking the environment, and denying local people access to one of their main sources of recreation. Camping on the beach is a longstanding Mexican tradition, but sadly, there are fewer and fewer places in BCS where people can get [i]to[/i] the beach, to camp, to fish, to explore. Although the beaches are owned by the Mexican people, there's no requirement that developers preserve or provide access, and so they don't.
I am an American citizen. I live in Mexico for about 11 months out of the year. The US, unlike most other countries, taxes its citizens on their worldwide income.
Let me start this diary by enumerating some things that I am not:
However, I am:
Retired, but under 65.
My husband and I live in Mexico most of the year. When we left our jobs, we went on COBRA. It was expensive, but the coverage, through my husband's former employer, was pretty darn good. However, we knew that it would only last 18 months.
We'd researched our post-COBRA options, and thought we were covered. My husband was able to buy an affordable ex-pat policy. Since medical costs are so much lower out of the US than in it, these policies are quite inexpensive. Since medical care is quite good in Mexico, we're completely comfortable with this option.
For me, however, things were a bit trickier.
Although it is a beautiful day outside here in Seattle, I am glued to my TV, watching C-Span. The twists and turns as the health insurance reform bill wends its way through congress have my stomach in knots.
The prospect of a few zealots, most of whom appear to have a rather limited grasp of what is actually in the Senate bill, causing the most significant legislation we're likely to see for many years to go down in flames is appalling. People are dying for want of health insurance, but apparently the only "lives" worth worrying about are those that are presently contained in their mothers' bodies. Actual living people walking around on this earth don't seem to warrant the same level of concern
Is this bill perfect? It is not. But it's a start, and an important one. For the first time in our country's history, access to health care will be codified as something to which every American citizen is entitled.