Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Man Robs Bank In Order To Gain Access To Health Care

This gave me goosebumps.

James Verone, a 59-year old man with a depleted savings account and no job, walked into a Gaston County, North Carolina bank and delivered a note to the teller demanding money.  He had no gun, but the teller handed over the requested amount and called the police.  Strangely, Verone then took the money, sat down in a chair and waited for the police to arrive.

They arrested him, and listened to a sad story unfold.  For you see, Verone didn't have a gun on him, didn't attack anyone and demanded only a very small sum of money.  That sum?  One dollar.

Why the hell would he only rob a bank for $1?

Very simple.  Verone has a growth on his chest, two ruptured disks, and a problem with his left foot.  Prison, he reasoned, has good health care and he had no other options.  So he robbed a bank for $1, and is now hoping for a three-year sentence in order to get the care that he needs.

What.  The.  Hell.  How is it that now we have seniors robbing banks just to get the health care that they need?  This is what they're left with doing?  Thanks a lot, Congress, for ruling out the public option.

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