Forty-nine-year-old Luis Lang of South Carolina has always prided himself on paying his own bills, including medical bills. He had no need for health insurance, thank you very much; he could take care of himself. But all of that changed when Lang got sick.
A lifelong Republican, Lang was not completely on board with the Affordable Care Act as most liberals are, which is pretty typical of most members of the GOP. However, he found that he needed help to cover his medical bills when a condition that could cause him to go blind if not treated surfaced due to his diabetes. So, Lang started a GoFundMe campaign to solicit the help of strangers to help with his healthcare costs so that his vision could be saved.
Well, guess who stepped up? Liberals, of course. With messages admonishing Lang for foolishly refusing to purchase health insurance, the donations rolled in. And Lang realized something: that the GOP’s opposition to the Affordable Care Act was not only foolish, it was harmful to American citizens. This led Lang to take a closer look at the GOP and what it really stands for. Finally, he said, in an interview with ThinkProgress:
Now that I’m looking at what each party represents, my wife and I are both saying — hey, we’re not Republicans!
Lang went on to say that he isn’t really a political person, and has never voted just along party lines. However, he wants to go on national television and tear up his voter registration card so that people know that he is truly defaulting to the left.
While the original Charlotte Observer article that helped Lang’s story go viral pretty much painted him as a typical Republican who hated Obama’s policies, Lang told ThinkProgress that this wasn’t true, but that he did have his issues with the law. He had problems navigating the healthcare exchange website, and he had issues overall with how the law was implemented. Further, because Lang is self-employed, predicting his annual income is pretty close to impossible, so if he undershot the prediction, he’d have to pay back his subsidies come tax time. So, his concerns were legitimate. However, Lang is now saying of the GOP’s policies surrounding Obamacare:
I put the blame on everyone — Republican and Democrat. But I do mainly blame Republicans for their pigheadedness. They’re blocking policies that could help everyone. I’m in the situation I’m in because they chose not to expand Medicaid for political reasons. And I know I’m not the only one.
No, Mr. Lang, you’re not the only one. We all know that the GOP’s policies hurt average Americans like you and me. We also know that they are doing what they are doing because they hate President Obama. Seriously, they are. A lot of this has to do with the President, not whether or not his policies are good for the nation.
Well, it seems that Mr. Lang is eagerly spreading the joy of seeing the light, now that liberals have admonished him for not having health insurance in the first place. He admits that waiting until something was badly wrong to try to seek affordable insurance was not the right thing to do, saying:
I know we didn’t do it the right way.
Lang went on to say that he prides himself on taking responsibility for his own bills, but now agrees that America should have universal healthcare, and agrees with the comments on his GoFundMe page that say that healthcare is a human right. Lang is just grateful for the help from liberals, and he has now seen the light (pun intended):
In fact, I have some eyesight jokes for you. This whole thing has helped me see more clearly. Like they say, hindsight is 20/20.
It sure is, Mr. Lang. Welcome to the right side of the aisle — and by right, I mean left. We’re glad to have you.
Featured image via GoFundMe