The Charlotte Observer reports on the case of a rugged individualist that is finding out the hard way that choices have consequences:
Lang is a self-employed handyman who works with banks and the federal government on maintaining foreclosed properties. He has done well enough that his wife, Mary, hasn’t had to work. They live in a 3,300-square-foot home in the Legacy Park subdivision valued at more than $300,000.
But he has never bought insurance. Instead, he says, he prided himself on paying his own medical bills.
That worked while he and his wife were relatively healthy. But after 10 days of an unrelenting headache, Lang went to the emergency room on Feb. 25. He says he was told he’d suffered several mini-strokes. He ran up $9,000 in bills and exhausted his savings. Meanwhile, his vision worsened and he can’t work, he says.
Sounds like he’s one of the people the ACA was created to help- waitaminute…
Lang, a Republican, says 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.
Okay, principled opposition (up to the point where HE needed help) it is then…go on…
He and his wife blame President Obama and Congressional Democrats for passing a complex and flawed bill.
“(My husband) should be at the front of the line because he doesn’t work and because he has medical issues,” Mary Lang said last week. “We call it the Not Fair Health Care Act.”
What the? Are you SERIOUS?
The ACA was created specifically to help people like you, you dunce.
YOU made the decision to refuse to take part, and in voting for GOP leadership at the state and federal level, voted to DENY those options to everyone in your state.
Now that that decision has bitten you in the hind quarters, you think you deserve SPECIAL treatment?
If you had happened to a single black female fast-food worker, many of your Tea Party brethren would be excoriating you, perhaps even cheering figuratively or literally, as you slowly went blind.
I won’t do that, and based on recent responses to your GoFundMe page, many others on the left won’t either.
Let me speak plainly. I do hope that you get the help you need to keep from going blind.
I also hope you manage to LEARN something from this.
Specifically, you need a better governor, better legislators, and a better SCOTUS Chief Justice.
UPDATE: Some notes from a Balloon Juice thread made sense of the “front of the line” quote:
This is not hypocricy. ‘Personal responsibility’ means ‘niggers deserve what they get.’ I know this is hard to swallow for most people. You don’t want to believe in code words, because in most situations they’re so unlikely. Let me tell you a story I hope will convince you.
Recently, Ron Paul came up in a thread here and I followed a link to an excerpt from his newsletter. You know, the ones so blatantly racist he’s now denying he wrote? This one was written in the wake of the Rodney King riots, about how you have to steel yourself to kill blacks when they come for you.
It read like a laundry list of current conservative talking points. Personal responsibility, dependency on the welfare state, everything that is sometimes referred to as a dog whistle. In particular, I was impressed by their use of ‘inner city youth’. Even the phrasing about shooting black people was standard ‘stand your ground’ type arguments.
The only difference was they tacked on ‘because black people are animals.’
Three quarters of modern Republican positions and motivations are straight racism, with a paper-thin mask to keep them from being booed and called names in public. This guy is mad that the government was giving to blacks what should rightly go to him.
Mr. and Mrs. Lang are cheesed off that all of the blacks and browns don’t have to dutifully take their spots at the back of the bus, now that Mr. Lang needs a seat.