Leaving the US -- Lost My Country
Let's face it. At 61 years old, I am not exactly the employee everyone wants to capture. Since 2012 when I felt compelled to leave a job a adored because I knew my physical health was not adequate to the position or to meet the demands of my employer, we have had to cover my health insurance on our own. It is crushing us.
But I still have to have some healthcare. Or, I will not survive. It is that simple and that real.
With Donald Trump elected in November 2016, he promised to repeal the ACA. Flawed and terrible as it is, if there is no ACA, I will not be able to be insured at all. No one will sell it to us at any price. I am three years plus away from Medicare eligibility. So even though Larry has coverage through Medicare, he loves me enough to know we have to figure this out by January. Going without any insurance just won't fly for us unless I am prepared to suffer. We feel at a loss to stay and heartbroken to actually need to leave our home country and everything we have loved our whole lives.
But this is our reality, and we need your help. We will research and find the right country in which to relocate until I reach Medicare age. We have no funds to move or to support ourselves immediately aside from Larry's Social Security. I will certainly work -- I will write and stay focused on helping push for changes to the US healthcare system to allow us to come home.
I have set the amount we need to raise to cover $10,000 in travel expense, $10,000 to get housing for six months, $20,000 to cover other living expenses until I am working and in case I do need additional care, and $10,000 in savings for us to return ASAP when I reach Medicare age or there is some other way for me to secure healthcare. If I am able to rewrite, edit and market my book (the one written and shopped for publishers three years ago and even read by Michael Moore to offer his advice, though he and I missed the chance to talk about it when I got sick and then he did) and make enough money to cover the above, I will advise all of our donors with updates and ask if they want their donations returned or shared with others who need help. I will not abuse your help.
Those of you who know me and know my own deep love of country know this is not an easy thing. It stinks. And I sure wish Bernie had been the presidential nominee because I do believe his message would have been more clear as opposition to Donald Trump. Trump, will do whatever it takes to protect and enhance himself. He will gladly watch people like me and Larry die. It is just a cost of doing business for him. I never would have believed it. And I do wish HRC cared enough to distance herself confidently from every single Republican who supported Trump rather than trying to court them.
Think politics doesn't matter? Think again. Please help me and others for whom this election is a death sentence.