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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Shame on US

James Verone has robbed a bank- of one dollar- in order to get medical care. This is a story that could happen, to quote Bush #2, "Only in America!" Mr. Verone was working in a convenience store when his health went downhill fast. With no benefits from his job, denied disability, he planned his crime in order to get the medical care he needs. He hopes for a felony conviction so he'll spend the next few years in jail until he's of full retirement age. Read the story here:
http://www.gastongazette.com/news/bank-58397-richard-hailed.html

Unfortunately, this doesn't surprise me. Ours is the only First World- Superpower country that does not have Universal Healthcare. It's an everyone for themselves, dog eat dog system.

Call me crazy, but I don't think that's how human beings should have to live.

4 comments:

Geo. said...

First take was, I don't envy the jury's task of judging this man. Second was noticing his appearance in the picture: eyes bulging, neck swollen; symptoms of Graves' Disease, which does cause panic and mood swings. Doctor's call might give this story a happy ending.

Lisa said...

He won't be convicted of a felony because it was ONLY $1, it's Petty Larceny of an Individual. So, he probably won't get the help he needs.

Rory Grant said...

It makes me weep - it really does.

Austan said...

This story goes on...
http://www.gastongazette.com/news/media-58545-verone-bank.html

I'll follow this to its conclusion. It makes me weep, too, Rory.