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Let’s hope uninsured South Carolina man and others learn lesson from liberals

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.’”

Whether Lang or other Affordable Care Act naysayers will learn a lesson is unclear at this point — Lang himself, offers rather muddled comments on the subject later in the Observer article — but a few things are clear from all this:

  1. Personal responsibility and accountability are big parts of the ACA that the Right almost never acknowledges.
  2. It’s preposterous for anyone other than the wealthiest of the wealthy to think they can do without health insurance in the modern world.
  3. We’re all in this together; for a health insurance system to work properly we need everyone to participate.
  4. 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.

5 Comments


  1. LayintheSmakDown

    May 14, 2015 at 11:13 am

    Ok, so here is the lesson he learns. If you don’t agree with us, we will send you some help in the form of spite-help. I assume the others who helped maybe kept their mouths shut and gave in the spirit of compassion and giving vs. venting their liberal hate. I bet Alan was right there insulting the guy with his limited vocabulary calling him crazy and tin foil hat wearing.

  2. Fush Yumeng

    May 14, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    Hopefully the “lesson” he will learn is that real personal responsibility includes letting go of foolish pride and accepting that he is part of a community to which we all belong. Hopefully he will see that Obama and the ACA had NOTHING to do with his predicament. Hopefully his future actions and decisions will be guided by this painfully-earned wisdom.

  3. Alan

    May 14, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    Must be a slow day in the shoe dept LSD? Look, I managed that sentence all by myself with my limited vocabularly. It’s great to be in the company of such academic giants such as yourself.

  4. Davefromoregon

    May 15, 2015 at 12:57 am

    I suspect Mr. Lang learned that some one would bail him out and he really didn’t need insurance after all. I can hope others will learn that “it” really can happen to them and vote accordingly. For all of its faults, the ACA was designed to help people like Mr. Lang. It is his fault he didn’t obey the law and take advantage of it.

  5. LayintheSmakDown

    May 16, 2015 at 9:51 am

    Fish, Obamacare has a lot to do with his predicament. The guy likely cannot afford the premiums and deductibles on the bloated plans that are forced on a person looking for insurance these days. If you are not chosen for government redistribution payments of other people’s money, you are better off not buying a plan. Regardless of what Obamacare was designed for, it provides a hugely expensive product, that is low quality compared to past offerings, and is increasing costs for all.

    Alan, I a glad to see you are off to buy a set of shoes. I guess Chris and Rob raised your pay so you can buy more than the laces. Good to see they pay at least minimum wage now!

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