Perfect Example of Conservative Ignorance Shown in South Carolina Man Blaming Obama for Health Woes

Luis Lang of Fort Mill, S.C. (Photo credit: Ann Doss Helms / Charlotte Observer)

Luis Lang of Fort Mill, S.C. (Photo credit: Ann Doss Helms / Charlotte Observer)

Usually when I come across a rabid anti-Obamacare conservative, the first thing I notice is they clearly have no idea what the hell they’re talking about. I have no problem if someone opposes something based on facts, but when their opposition is built on absolute ignorance, that’s when we have a big problem.

The general sense I get from many conservatives is that they simply don’t want to like the Affordable Care Act. It’s not even a matter of knowing actual facts about the law, they just want to oppose it – period.

conservative man in South Carolina is a perfect example of exactly what I mean.

Luis Lang is a self-employed 49-year-old resident of Fort Mill, South Carolina. He works as a handyman with local banks helping maintain foreclosed properties. He apparently lives in a fairly sizable 3,300-square-foot home worth more than $300,000.

In other words, he’s made a fairly decent living.

Well, all of that’s now in jeopardy as bleeding in his eyes and a partially detached retina due to his diabetes is causing Lang to go blind.

“He will lose his eyesight if he doesn’t get care. He will go blind,” said Dr. Malcolm Edwards.

There’s just one problem: Lang refused to sign up for health care through the Affordable Care Act, therefore he doesn’t have any health insurance to pay for the care he needs to save his eyesight.

Apparently thinking he could sign up whenever he wanted, Lang quickly found out that enrollment through the health care exchange had ended and he wouldn’t be able to get coverage through the ACA.

“My husband should be at the front of the line because he doesn’t work and because he has medical issues,” Mary Lang, Luis’s wife, said. “We call it the Not Fair Health Care Act.”

Well, since he’s no longer able to work he makes too little to qualify for subsidies through the ACA anyway, and because South Carolina (like many other Republican-controlled states) refused to expand Medicaid, that’s not an option for him either.

But even beyond that, the Langs apparently have no idea how health insurance works – period. Even before the Affordable Care Act, people weren’t allowed to hop on and off health insurance plans whenever they felt like it. Health insurance is not an “only pay whenever you need it” service. In fact, the reason why the mandate in the ACA is so important is because of people like Lang who apparently felt it was okay for everyone else to pay for their coverage, but he could hop on and off of a health insurance plan whenever he might need coverage.

Tell me, how would that be fair? How does that even make sense? It’s completely irrational to think it’s okay to pay a couple hundred bucks for a few months of health insurance so a procedure that will potentially cost tens of thousands of dollars will be covered.

Naturally, because of all of this, Mr. Lang is now looking for any possible public means for which he might qualify to save his eyesight. As always, Republicans often love to oppose big government – yet go running right to it once their party’s policies fail them.

I’m not sure if there’s ever been a better example of the ignorance conservatives display when it comes to the ACA. Here is Mr. Lang blaming the ACA and President Obama because:

  • His party has been lying to him for six years.
  • He didn’t understand how health insurance worked in general.
  • Republicans in his state refused to expand Medicaid.
  • He admittedly didn’t take care of his own health despite having a very dangerous disease.
  • We don’t have universal health care (like many Democrats want), so he’s dependent on a very flawed (and expensive) health care system.
  • Despite voting for a party that often condemns social programs to help the needy, he’s now seeking out any available government-funded program to help save his sight.
  • He didn’t take personal responsibility for himself – often the rallying cry of many conservatives.

Now, I don’t mean to sound cruel about all of this. I feel for Lang and I really do hope he gets the help he needs. In fact if you’d like to help him out you can head over to his GoFundMe page to donate. Even though he seems to be someone who dug himself into his own hole with cookie-cutter right-wing ignorance, some of you might still want to be better people and help someone out who needs it. If you donate, let him know Forward Progressives sent you there. Who knows, maybe kindness toward someone like Lang could be a catalyst to show him that “our side” is one he could identify with. Or maybe not… but we can all dream.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • mhad309

    Typical – I don’t want some “socialistic” program…..unless of course I need it. He had his chance and he didn’t take it. I have and had insurance so didn’t need to pay much attention to the enrollment periods but still I knew about it so the information was out there. The two of them should have spent less time hating Obama and more time thinking about what the program meant to them.

    • Jillz

      I’m in Canada and even I knew about the open enrollment periods! I hope this man’s ignorance doesn’t cost him his eyesight (or worse) though.

      • Eugene Golden

        He most likely knew but will not admit it. He wants to take down the system. He wants to make the PPACA look unforgiving and cruel. He is just making himself look like an uninformed American. He is not in the minority if that would be the case.

      • Jillz

        Well, he has posted an update to his GoFundMe page, and is making the rounds on “liberal” media now. Apparently, the left ACTING the way the right CLAIMS to act (i.e. Christian-like) has turned this conservative into a liberal. Well, maybe that’s stretching it a bit LOL It would appear, however, that he HAS been converted from a Republican to a Democrat due to this health crisis and finally learning the facts about how healthcare works in the USA. That’s one more Democrat vote and maybe more – I’m sure his family and close friends who have been living this health scare with him might be swayed to come into the light as well! 🙂

        He’s now advocating for universal healthcare!

  • roxymartin

    What gets me about these Republican dimwits is that just because THEY don’t want health insurance, the ACA should be repealed so that no one can have it. I am so grateful to have it. I am certain that I would not be alive today if not

    • John Hickman

      What they want is to be able to turn off their health insurance like a light switch. And given the insurance industry,that just ain’t gonna happen?

      You know how that would work sort of that way? Socialized medicine with a single payer system. I can just see a Conservative going for that…

  • Damien Vukovic

    Thinking that snakes can speak tipped me off to the depth of their intellect years ago.

  • brokentrojan

    hahaha if you want to do something nice for a person, do it…. don’t make this your personal commercial by telling everyone to make sure they tell him you sent them….kinda takes the kindness act out of the equation

    • Jillz

      I respect what you’re saying 🙂

      I think the point, though, would be merely to let a conservative know that it is an “evil” liberal helping him, which would counteract the toxic rhetoric constantly promulgated by the GOP. You could also just say you were redirected to the GoFundMe page by a liberal site, without naming it. The result would be the same: a message of kindness from a liberal (which is in direct opposition to what he is being brainwashed with by his political party). Maybe it would be enough to help him see the other side and extend one small bridge.

    • kwkiki7562

      Maybe so- however if I choose to give someone 20.00 of my money- I get to tell them who I am and whatever I want to tell them, or choose not to, it’s 100% my call.

      • kfreed

        Normally, I would agree with that. However, in this case, the man needs to learn a real life object lesson.

    • kfreed


  • John E. Conway

    Maybe if he had been caring for his diabetes he wouldn’t have had this issue as well. Which having insurance would have helped with. As someone with diabetes, I know this.

  • Nancy B

    The comments on the GoFundMe site are priceless. I just made a small donation, as I held my nose. But I know 3 people who had detached retinas – one of them was my husband. It’s a frightening medical issue and can be a grueling recovery. Hopefully, he’ll not only see physically, but will see how he messed up, and will educate others.

  • mucopurulent

    The comment section there is great. I didn’t think it was possible to force-feed humble pie but it’s happening. Maybe Sean Hannity will contribute.

  • Is the ER full? Isn’t that where all the poor moochers are supposed to go?

    • kfreed

      If he’s living in a 300K house, he’s not exaclty poor, but he’s about to find out what health care costs without insurance.

    • Eugene Golden

      By the bills he has paid thus far..he is getting a deal on healthcare. I ran up a $300,000 bill in 15 days in the hospital 4 years ago.

  • GimmeSomeTruth

    There will be a “go fund me” campaign. For sure. Don’t fret, Luis. It’s just another form of “socialism”.

  • EdWood

    Are any of you on ACA insurance through the exchanges?

    • Leslie

      We bought a policy on the exchange, pay full price for it and it’s 100 times better than the catastrophic plan we had before the ACA passed.

    • kfreed

      I’m on Tricare (another program the GOP wants abolished along with Medicare). The difference between me, however, and most military Republicans is that I want other people to have what I have and so took it upon myself to assist in getting the ACA passed. Would be nice if this country could do better, but with conservatives standing in the way, it ain’t gonna happen.

    • Eugene Golden

      I am a Gold plan that I have a tiny subsidy for. It is still cheaper than the awful plan i had 4 years ago on my own. Without the PPACA I doubt any amount of money would get me insurance with anyone even though last year under the exchange plan I really had no health problems. A pre-existing condition is all it used to take to get you a cancellation or reject letter from an insurance company at any time with no notice.

  • Bob Harrow

    Ive met many people in the carolinas. Most are racist pigs and fckd in the head. When hes blind he will see god and nuttin else. No more covk fightin for poore louee. But he ll still be able to drive

  • kfreed

    You know, I’d love to throw money at ignorant tools who will take it gladly and then continue to make life hell for the rest of us. I wouldn’t suggest to those who wish to do a good deed for Lang not to do it. Me, I’ll let his own cohort take care of him since they keep insisting “charity” will care for the sick and feed the hungry. I have my own family to worry about with four step-children and seven grandchildren, so I’m keeping our savings in the bank for them for it looks like we’ll be needing it as we have a bunch of goobers on the so-called “left” who insist we ought to elect a teabag Republican like Rand Paul. I have every confidence they might just succeed in accomplishing that, so I’ll not be concerning myself with people who are keen to sell us all down the river to the folks who not only will repeal the ACA but already voted on a budget to privatize Medicare and have been attacking military health benefits as “free loading.”

    Thanks for the opportunity, but no thanks. I’ve already done all I can for conservative friends and neighbors who then turned around a spit in my face.

  • PitoDaddy

    This is a perfect example of how effective Right wing brainwash propaganda has been at convincing average everyday citizens to vote over, and over, and over again, to have their throats cut by the GOP. The Koch brothers are probably laughing their asses off.