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.
A 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.
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