Luis Lang, the 49-year-old uninsured man from South Carolina who hated Obamacare so much, that he declined to enroll until his eyesight was in jeopardy, has ditched the Republican party.
“This whole thing has helped me see more clearly,” Lang said. “Like they say, hindsight is 20/20.”
Lang now says he doesn’t want to be the poster child for the Republican Party’s opposition to health care reform anymore.
Lang, a lifelong Republican, has seen the light (pun intended).
As of now, Lang has garnered over $22,000 in donations, mostly from liberals trying to help him cover medical expenses so he won’t go blind.
He’s suffering from bleeding in his eyes and a partially detached retina, which will cause him to go blind if left medically untreated.
Think Progress reports:
In an interview with ThinkProgress, Lang joked that he might be the most hated Republican in the country right now. But he also said that, thanks in part to a flood of media attention that led him to learn more about health care policy, he doesn’t identify with the GOP anymore.
“Now that I’m looking at what each party represents, my wife and I are both saying — hey, we’re not Republicans!” Lang said. He added that, though he’s not a political person by nature and has never voted solely along party lines, he wants to rip up his voter registration card on national television so
Americans will have proof that he’s making the switch….
But Lang’s main complaint is the fact that the Supreme Court ruled that Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion should be optional, which has given Republican lawmakers the opportunity to refuse to implement the policy on the state level. That’s led to a coverage gap preventing millions of Americans from accessing affordable insurance whatsoever. Because Lang’s income has recently dried up, now that his deteriorating vision prevents him from working, he now falls into that gap.
“I put the blame on everyone — Republican and Democrat. But I do mainly blame Republicans for their pigheadedness,” Lang said. “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.”
Lang went on to say that he’s read almost every comment on his GoFundMe page and acknowledged that a lot of people have criticized him for waiting until he got sick to think about purchasing insurance.
Lang said he believes that this country should move toward a universal health care system that makes coverage available to everyone regardless of their income level.
He told Think Progress that he “one hundred percent agrees” with the people who commented on his crowdfunding page who argue that healthcare is a human right.
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