This man is a Republican who refused to sign up through the 'Obamacare' exchanges, preferring to pay for medical costs on his own without insurance. He lives in a state - my native South Carolina - which refused to expand Medicare under Obamacare.
He recently got really sick and will lose his eyesight soon - or worse - if he doesn't get treatment. But because of his condition, he can't work and is now too poor to qualify for the Obamacare exchanges, even though even the extended deadline for the year has already come and gone.
But - again - because he lives in a state that decided not to expand Medicaid, he doesn't fully qualify for that, either. He would have had Gov. Haley and our Republican General Assembly made a different decision to accept billions of dollars from the federal government to provide health insurance to a few hundred thousand poor residents in predicaments similar to his, while also creating 44,000 jobs over the next decade in the state.
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His situation is dire.
Given all of that, who does he and his wife blame? Obama, of course:
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 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.”