I didn’t actually intend to stay abroad. I went expecting to stay for two or three years. This summer it will turn 20.
“Life is what happens while you’re making plans.”
Stuff changes. I lost my job in the UK, and I had just then signed a lease to rent a house there and rented out my house in the USA as well. So I couldn’t leave and I couldn’t go home. Furthermore, I had only been gone for one year, and after the hassle of moving I certainly didn’t want to move back that soon.
But I had a hard time finding another job in the UK (it would have required a new work visa), so I started a business instead.
But suddenly I was the owner of a British business! This was definitely not the original plan.
Finally, I came to need the British health care system. If I had gone back to the US, I would have had “pre-existing conditions” and even if I got a job, the insurance companies wouldn’t cover me. In the UK, you just get treated for what ails you, period.
So I became a health care exile. Seriously. I can’t go back to the USA until I’m old enough for Medicare.
Ernest W. Adams, lived in The United States of America (1966-1999)
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