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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Man Resorts to Crime for Free Health Care

If this sad story isn't a sign how much of a failure our health care system is we aren't sure what is...every citizen definitely needs free or very affordable health care. Check out the following story via CBS.com and Bossip.com

James Verone said he walked up to a teller at a Gastonia, N.C. bank and handed her a note. It said “This is a bank robbery, please only give me one dollar.” Verone then told the teller he’d be sitting in a nearby chair, waiting for the police.

The 59-year-old said he did everything he could to get caught so he could receive free health care in jail.

Verone has a growth on his chest, two ruptured disks and a problem with his left foot. With no job, Verone thought his desperate plan was the best way to provide for himself. Verone was charged with larceny.

Courtney Boyd Myers at The Next Web notes Verone’s plot provides clear evidence of a flawed medical system. “As his fellow American, I have to say, our national health care is in a very sad state,” Myers writes. Though Verone said he’s receiving good care in jail, Slate previously reported that health care in prison is at best as good as a low-income health plan and at worst, almost nonexistent.

From Slate: The majority of ailments are treated on-site, but inmates who are gravely ill can be taken to the nearest hospital. Sick prisoners must make a nominal co-payment for each visit to the jailhouse doctor—usually $5 or so, taken from an hourly wage that typically runs between 19 cents and 40 cents an hour.

Costs above that are covered by the state.Verone’s plan was to go to jail for three years, then be released in time to start collecting Social Security.

This is just sad that United States citizens are now resorting to crime and or violence and opting to go to prision so they can receive some form of health care. Michael Moore's movie "Sicko" shed so much light on this issue. It's amazing that countries such as Canada can some how manage to provide free health care for everyone but we can not even find some way to get some sort of very affordable public health care? What do you all think? Let us Know!


  1. this honest to God breaks my heart to hear things like this

  2. I saw on your FB post about this that someone said that the reason they get free health care in Canada is bc there is a 15% sales tax. How do they get free health care in Cuba then? I wouldn't mind paying 15% sales tax if that meant me and everyone else was taken care of

  3. Cuba may have free helth care but they have a horrible government

  4. Any country should take care that every citizen had the opportunity to receive high-quality medical services.

  5. That is an interesting way to get the needed thing. Thank you for sharing those ideas. I hope that you'll add something really curious in the future.


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