Jan 7, 2012, 2:49 AM
Post #28 of 34
I was not aware the state of Texas was so generous with foreigners with no cash or insurance. In California no dental service is provided on Medi-Cal, even to state residents. Two million-plus U.S. ex-pats live in Mexico now, and many have expired visas.
They can get a permanent resident visa (used to be an FM-2, now it is called something else) and purchase Mexican National Health Insurance during the January enrollmemnt period, or buy private insurance a couple of years prior to moving down (using a Mexican address to fool the insurance company, so when they move there and terminate their U.S. health policy the coverage is seamless, as the two-year waiting period for pre-existing medical conditions has elapsed.) The coverage is good, although there are some exclusions in both the gov't and private plans, just as there are in plans offered up in the states. The gov't plan is about $300. a year. Private policies vary by company, but are cheaper than in the U.S., even when offered by companies based in the U.S., such as Met Life or Aetna.
The happiest ex-pats living there are the ones who "live in Rome as the Romans do" and do not talk down to Mexicans. We are guests there. To go there as "cultural imperialists" trying to remake Mexico in the U.S. image, with disregard for their traditions and rich cultural heritage, is wrong. If you learn the language and study Mexican culture and traditions you will have greater respect for the country and it's people.
You might discover that after the NAFTA treaty, U.S. companies flooded Mexico with cheap goods, devastating the economy
(particularly the small farmers) and put hundreds of thousands of Mexicans out of work. As there was not enough jobs in the cities, many Mexicans were forced to seek work in the U.S. Few chose to work for the drug cartels, which are funded and armed by the U.S. public.
Once here, most found jobs as pickers at farms until, thanks to "Homeland Security" they were chased out of even those jobs. Yes, they buy phony I.D.s. Those Mexicans also are paying millions every year into social security and medicare money they will never be able to withdraw from the system. This money will prop up both social programs. Current projections which show the programs will default fail to take those factors into account.
I hope I have provided you with some food for thought.