After three years of marriage, my wife and I are finally buckling down and figuring out where to call home. We met online, she in Sacramento, California, and I in Edmonton, Alberta. We have spent the vast majority of our time together in Edmonton, only having rented a house in Elk Grove for six months in 2013. She has been increasingly homesick lately, and for very good reason -- family misses having her around for the little things, nieces and nephews are growing up, and old friends are starting families and buying houses near each other. For many reasons, I think moving back to California would be the right choice for us, but I do have some very strong reservations:
- Having been born and raised in Canada, the American health care system scares me. What are monthly insurance rates like? How much would the copayment be on emergency procedures? I had an appendectomy a month before we rented that house in Elk Grove, and I've heard accounts of people paying upwards of $20,000 for something for which I had to only pay for parking. I just keep thinking that if my appendicitis happened two months later, we would not have been able to pay for it.
- The political situation also scares me. I have concerns that Republican governments will make things backwards.
- California's current drought gives me anxiety when I think of moving there. My wife and I have talked about how neither of us could live in San Francisco because of a fear of earthquakes, and I honestly don't see this potential megadrought any differently. I feel like moving there might be intentionally putting ourselves in an unsafe situation, especially in the long term, and I wouldn't be able to live with myself knowing I did that.
Thoughts and feelings?