I’m sure we all know at least one person who’s all about personal responsibility and self-reliance right up to the point when it’s their ass on the line. People like Luis Lang from South Carolina, who deliberately avoided signing on to the ACA, and is now going blind.
Luis Lang, a self-employed handyman from Fort Mill whose clients include the federal government, told the Observer he “knew the act required him to get coverage but he chose not to do so. But he thought help would be available in an emergency,” like the mini-strokes and deteriorating vision he suffered in February.
Anyway, Lang is now stuck in a position where, suddenly having come around on this whole insurance thing with the impending loss of his eyesight, it’s too late for him to sign up under what his wife calls “The Not Fair Health Care Act.” Furthermore, his income has dropped now that he’s out of work, making him ineligible for a federal insurance subsidy. (What about Medicaid, you ask? Well, South Carolina was one of 17 states that opted out of the ACA’s Medicaid expansion.)
Now Lang’s opened up a GoFundMe page here, since the free market decided that if he can’t pay his bills, he’s going to have to go blind. Fortunately for him, there are a lot of decent people out there, who are willing to bail his ass out. I wonder if all the others who were denied health insurance were as lucky.