49 year old Luis Lang is a self employed handyman. He has never had health insurance and always paid his own medical bills.
Lang is a smoker with a history of uncontrolled diabetes
Luis Lang learned in late February that he had suffered a series of mini-strokes that left him with bleeding in his eyes and a partially detached retina caused by diabetes
His vision has worsened so much that he hasn’t worked since December, which could put the couple’s $300,000 Fort Hill home in jeopardy along with his health.
“He will lose his eyesight if he doesn’t get care — he will go blind,” said Dr. Malcolm Edwards, an ophthalmologist who has given Lang injections at a discounted rate to control the bleeding. - Raw Story
Lang shunned Obamacare and the exchange, gambling he could always get help in an emergency.
He was wrong.
“(My husband) should be at the front of the line because he doesn’t work and because he has medical issues,” said his wife, Mary Lang. “We call it the Not Fair Health Care Act.”
Lang found he was a month too late to enroll for 2015, and he now earns too little to get a federal subsidy to buy a private policy.
Lang and his wife blame President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats for passing a flawed law – although not even private insurers allow people to forgo payments when they’re healthy and cash in benefits after they’re sick.