Our rugged individualist may not lose his sight after all:
The Fort Mill, S.C., Republican who went public Tuesday with his plea for help paying for sight-saving surgery had raised almost $12,000 by Wednesday evening – most of it from self-described liberals and Affordable Care Act supporters saying they hope he’s learned a lesson.
That’s enough to ensure he can get the treatment he needs, said Dr. Andrew Antoszyk, an eye surgeon with Charlotte Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Associates. After reading Luis Lang’s story in the Observer on Wednesday, Antoszyk said he’d work with Lang and with Novant Health to give him the care at reduced cost.
Wow, that’s nice. People who this man has been politically opposed to forever kicked in to help, even after he kicked away the hand of the president who tried to help him in the first place. Great story. Looks like he got some free advice along with the donations:
“No one should be without medical (care) even if they have not made their own best choices in life,” wrote Steve Kadel, who gave $10. “The party of personal responsibility (has) left you hanging on your own consequences. Progressives like me think that’s just cruel. Be well.”
So, did our Luis learn anything?
“It turned into a political thing,” Lang said. “That wasn’t my intention when I reached out. This is ridiculous.”
So has he learned anything from this experience?
“I did,” he said.
“I hold the whole government responsible for this, state and federal,” he said. Greed from medical providers and the government also add to the flaws in the system, Lang said.
Does he hold himself responsible? There was a short pause.
“I do hold myself partly responsible because of the view that I had. I should have taken better care of my sugar,” he said. “Yeah, I should have had insurance.”
He noted that some donors have asked what he thinks of the fact that liberals, rather than conservatives, are helping him.
“I look at a person as a person,” he said. “People are acting from the heart, just like I have done in the past.”
Mostly, he says, he’s overwhelmed by the attention his story has gotten.
“The Charlotte Observer should give me a free subscription now,” he quipped.
Well, for a conservative, that wasn’t bad. Took SOME personal responsibility, and let’s face it, he’d rather gnaw his own legs off ahead of the inevitable amputation rather than admit liberals were right, so there you go.
He’ll live to fight (and vote against his own interests, and ours, repeatedly) another day.