Like millions of people, 59-year-old James Richard Verone couldn’t get health care coverage. What’s different is that he decided to do something about it. He’d driven a truck for Coke for 17 years before losing his job when the economy took the plunge…
He found a new driving job, but that too went south. So he got a part-time job at a convenience store that naturally offered no health care. Still, he struggled in the job due to a bum back and problems with his foot that made him limp. He also has arthritis and carpal tunnel.
Then he noticed a protrusion on his chest. Eventually, the pain became more than he could handle.
So he went on food stamps, but that didn’t help either. Finally, he came up with the one plan that would solve the problems of a broke man with no health care. He decided to go to prison.
On June 9, he woke up intending to rob a bank. But before he took a taxi to the RBC Bank in Gastonia, North Carolina, he sent a letter to the Gastonia Gazette, telling the paper he was about to rob the joint so he could get medical care.
“When you receive this a bank robbery will have been
committed by me,” Verone wrote. “This robbery is being
committed by me for one dollar. I am of sound mind but not so much sound
When he arrived at the bank, he handed the teller a note, demanding just $1. Then he told the woman he was going to take a seat and wait for the cops to arrive.
Unfortunately, he didn’t ask for enough money. Because he only wanted $1, he was charged with larceny instead of bank robbery. His bail is only $2,000, but he refuses to pay it. If he doesn’t get an adequate sentence, he’ll tell the judge he plans to just rob another bank.
At least he can finally get medical attention. He has an appointment to see a doctor on Friday. He’s hoping to get foot and back surgery, and have someone figure out what’s wrong with the growth on his chest. His plan is to spend four years in the slam so he’ll get Social Security when he gets out.
The problem is that for working people like Verone, there are no other options for someone who can’t find a job that provides insurance. ObamaCare would have helped, but the key elements don’t go into effect until 2014.
Chickenshit Democrats didn’t have the balls to provide immediate relief for those with compelling medical problems, upholding their long tradition of dedicated candy-assery.
Republicans, who inexplicably continue to breath without operative hearts, couldn’t give a shit if people began dying on the streets. Their only mission is to protect Big Pharma and insurers, who once again are reporting record profits — while your premiums continue to rise by more than 10 percent each year.
But that’s just what we think. The more important question: How would you remedy America’s wretched health care system, dearest reader?
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