News item from the Charlotte Observer:
“The Fort Mill, S.C., Republican who went public Tuesday with his plea for help paying for sight-saving surgery had raised almost $12,000 by Wednesday evening – most of it from self-described liberals and Affordable Care Act supporters saying they hope he’s learned a lesson.
That’s enough to ensure he can get the treatment he needs, said Dr. Andrew Antoszyk, an eye surgeon with Charlotte Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Associates. After reading Luis Lang’s story in the Observer on Wednesday, Antoszyk said he’d work with Lang and with Novant Health to give him the care at reduced cost.
Lang, a self-employed handyman, declined to get health insurance until he needed expensive surgery for diabetes-related eye problems. His story went viral, spurring blogs and comments, national media commentary, thousands of social media shares and vigorous discussions across the country.
His GoFundMe.com page has been shared on social media more than 1,700 times since Tuesday morning, with more than 600 people making small donations, often with political commentary.
‘No one should be without medical (care) even if they have not made their own best choices in life,’ wrote Steve Kadel, who gave $10. ‘The party of personal responsibility (has) left you hanging on your own consequences. Progressives like me think that’s just cruel. Be well.’”
- Personal responsibility and accountability are big parts of the ACA that the Right almost never acknowledges.
- It’s preposterous for anyone other than the wealthiest of the wealthy to think they can do without health insurance in the modern world.
- We’re all in this together; for a health insurance system to work properly we need everyone to participate.
- There’s no going back on the progress we’ve made in recent years under Obamacare.
As the Observer noted in a recent editorial, for all of its flaws, the ACA has moved us (and continues to move us) in the right direction. Polling suggests we’ve reached a tipping point on the ACA as millions and millions have come to better understand the law and enjoy it’s benefits. Let’s hope the case of Luis Lang helps further the growing momentum.