This man, James Verone, robbed a bank for one dollar. Why only one dollar? Because he knew that in prison he could get the medical care he could not afford with his part time salary as a convenience store clerk. He was approved for food stamps, but they did little to help his finances. Between his back problems, carpel tunnel, and arthritis, he simply couldn’t handle the pain any longer.
On June 9th, he sent a letter to his local paper, the Gaston Gazette, that stated: “When you receive this a bank robbery will have been committed by me. this robbery is being committed by me for one dollar. I am of sound mind but not so much sound body.”
He then took a cab to the RBC Bank, and handed the teller a note asking for one dollar and medical attention. He quietly took a seat in the lobby and waited for police to arrive.
Since Verone only stole one dollar, he was only charged with larceny. His bail, which he doesn’t plan to pay is set at $2,000, reduced from the normal $100,000. He’s scheduled to see a doctor this Friday, and hopes to get foot surgery, back surgery and to have a protrusion on his check treated.
To me, this is the perfect example of how disturbingly corrupt and unjust our health care system has become under HMO’s. For this man, or any person for that matter, feels that he needs to be imprisoned just to see a doctor, is ridiculous.
This is exactly what I hate about America. Why is it that you can buy an entire house with money you don’t have, but still can’t apply for health care if you don’t meet the requirements? That’s messed up.
And the repuglicans in office still try with all their (bought and paid for) might to repeal the Healthcare Act, call it Obamacare as if that is an insult. Obamacare means I can carry my college student daughter on my insurance until she is 26. Under the old system she would age out at her 20th birthday in June. She is a poor part time worker/college student. Guess who would foot the bill for her medical expenses if it weren’t for the extended benefits of Obamacare? The fucking taxpayer. Or the mortuary that covered her burial expenses, given how frequently we let our uninsured die. Fuck you Me-first-politics, fuck you republicans voting against your own self interests, and fuck you Fox News for trying to convince the American public that my private, for profit insurance benefits would in some way make you pay for my or my child’s whorepills, you willfully ignorant selfish assholes.