Meanwhile down in South Carolina…
…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 ministrokes. He ran up $9,000 in bills and exhausted his savings. Meanwhile, his vision worsened, and he can’t work, he says.
That’s when he turned to the Affordable Care Act exchange. Lang learned two things: First, 2015 enrollment had closed earlier that month. And second, because his income has dried up, he earns too little to get a federal subsidy to buy a private policy.
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. He and his wife blame President Barack 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.”
Perhaps the only thing more annoying than a Rethug’s air of superiority is their sense of entitlement.
As is described later in the Observer article, the ACA was designed to provide Medicaid coverage for people whose income falls below the poverty line. Yep, that would cover Lang; the federal government pays 100 percent of the ACA expansion to cover low-income adults.
But Lang, who lives in a Rethug controlled state, can’t get any of that ACA goodness ’cause South Carolina declined to participate. Kind of like both Kansas and Missouri.
Moreover Lang has all along refused to buy insurance because…Rethug Stupidity.
And when he actually needed insurance…you’ll love this…he couldn’t get it because the enrollment period was long past.
So of course thus must all be Obama’s fault.
Jebus H. Fucking Ke-rist, what a buncha maroons.