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An uninsured patient’s hypocrisy and self-delusion

Herewith a tale, involving one  South Carolinian, of healthcare hypocrisy, wishful thinking and a state’s problematic public policy.

Jay Bookman writes in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution of a proudly uninsured diabetic and smoker Luis Lang, a loyal conservative. Now he’s very sick.

“It’s the free-rider problem, the political problem, the pre-existing condition problem, the role of ideology, the often enormous expense of healthcare, the human eagerness to believe that ‘it can’t happen to me,’ the difficult conflict between feeling sympathy for someone in trouble and the reality that his trouble is to a large degree self-inflicted — it’s all there, all wrapped up in the story of Luis Lang.”

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