I’m not sure if I’ve ever been more proud of liberals than I was yesterday.
In case you hadn’t heard, a conservative South Carolina man named Luis Lang is facing the possibility of losing his eyesight because of bleeding in his eyes and detached retinas caused by complications from diabetes. Mr. Lang didn’t have health insurance, opposed (or still might oppose) the Affordable Care Act and blamed his health woes on President Obama.
The reason I wrote my initial article about this is because Lang exemplified nearly everything that’s wrong with many conservatives when it comes to the ACA and our very flawed health care system in general.
Well, after expressing my complete disgust with Lang’s entire attitude about the entire situation (at least initially), I also included a link to his GoFundMe page (he’s trying to raise $30k for the medical care he’ll need to save his eyesight) and gave readers the option of heading over to donate. No matter what any of us might think of Lang’s attitude about the ACA, I believe we (progressives/liberals/Democrats/”the left”) should always try our best to show why we’re the better “side” as opposed to just talking about it.
And that’s exactly what liberals did.
When we initially posted our original article, Mr. Lang’s GoFundMe page sat right around $1,500. But within just a few hours of our article going live (as well as other liberal blogs reporting on the story), his fundraiser had skyrocketed to over $10k, with its current total as I’m writing this at just over $15k and continuing to grow. The kicker is, if you go to the site it’s filled with literally hundreds of comments from liberal donors either wishing him luck, lecturing him on his ignorance or just voicing their opinion about the idiotic right-wing opposition to the ACA.
While I’m sure not all the donations are from liberals, at least 95 percent of the probably over 200 comments I read throughout the day yesterday were from people proudly professing their liberalism.
Meanwhile, I’ve seen this story almost nowhere on any conservative site I follow and I only ran across one comment that appeared to be someone who opposed “Obamacare.” Then again, why would the conservative media pick up on this story to help out “one of their own”? Stories like Lang’s are exactly the ones Republicans don’t want to get national attention. The last thing the conservative media wants is for a story to explode nationally about a self-proclaimed conservative, and “Obamacare” opponent, facing financial doom and certain blindness because he refused to sign up for health insurance and can’t afford the medical care he desperately needs.
That’s why Lang’s story isn’t all over Fox News. Though I’m sure if he were someone going blind because of “Obamacare,” they’d have no problem running that.
When the chips were down, liberals stepped up to the plate. Mr. Lang and his entire story made him a perfect target for liberals to simply belittle, mock and attack while choosing to do nothing to help him – and trust me, even many of those who did donate left some rather unkind remarks for the South Carolina man.
There was even this trashy piece from Daily Kos that showed some liberals can be every bit as classless as many of the conservatives we oppose.
But I sat back yesterday absolutely amazed at what so many liberals were able to come together to do. It’s easy to help those we see face to face – or even those with which we agree – but for so many to show generosity and kindness to a complete stranger, someone who epitomizes everything we’ve been fighting against for years as it relates to our health care system and the right-wing propaganda against the ACA, is truly remarkable.
So I just wanted to say thank you to anyone and everyone who donated, may still donate or even those who just shared this story so that others might hear about Lang’s situation and help him if they felt so inclined to do so.
Politics, rhetoric and all that other bullcrap aside, helping those in need should always be a non-partisan priority.