Obamacare effects on US expats
Now that the US Supreme Court has ruled that Obamacare is legal, what will be the effect on US expats?
Will US citizens living outside the US be exempt? Will it be much like Medicare or VA care, which is only offered within the US so that anyone outside the US would need to travel for care? Will expats be forced to pay for a plan in the US, even if care under the plan is unavailable outside the US, or else pay a fine for not enrolling in a US health plan?
Under this law, these are the penalties involved for not enrolling in a plan:
2014: Families––$285 or 1 percent of total household income, whichever is greater. Individual adults––$95.
2015: Families––$975 or 2 percent of income, whichever is greater. Individual adults––$325.
2016: Families––$2,085 or 2.5 percent of income, whichever is greater. Individual adults––$695.
There are somewhere between 5 and 10 million US citizens living outside of the US. We tend to be forgotten (or worse) when government is making policies.
Can someone more knowledgeable shed some light on this for me?