One way to get proper health care

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One way to get proper health care

Postby Meso » Tue Jun 21, 2011 12:03 pm

I love this story. I've actually considered it myself. :oops:

"Some people who need medical care but can't afford it go to the emergency room. Others just hope they'll get better. James Richard Verone robbed a bank.

Earlier this month, Verone (pictured), a 59-year-old convenience store clerk, walked into a Gaston, N.C., bank and handed the cashier a note demanding $1 and medical attention. Then he waited calmly for police to show up.

He's now in jail and has an appointment with a doctor this week.

Verone's problems started when he lost the job he'd held for 17 years as a Coca Cola deliveryman, amid the economic downturn. He found new work driving a truck, but it didn't last. Eventually, he took a part-time position at the convenience store.

But Verone's body wasn't up to it. The bending and lifting made his back ache. He had problems with his left foot, making him limp. He also suffered from carpal tunnel syndrome and arthritis.

Then he noticed a protrusion on his chest. "The pain was beyond the tolerance that I could accept," Verone told the Gaston Gazette. "I kind of hit a brick wall with everything."

Verone knew he needed help--and he didn't want to be a burden on his sister and brothers. He applied for food stamps, but they weren't enough either.

So he hatched a plan. On June 9, he woke up, showered, ironed his shirt. He mailed a letter to the Gazette, listing the return address as the Gaston County Jail.

"When you receive this a bank robbery will have been committed by me," Verone wrote in the letter. "This robbery is being committed by me for one dollar. I am of sound mind but not so much sound body."

Then Verone hailed a cab to take him to the RBC Bank. Inside, he handed the teller his $1 robbery demand.

"I didn't have any fears," said Verone. "I told the teller that I would sit over here and wait for police."

The teller was so frightened that she had to be taken to the hospital to be checked out. Verone, meanwhile, was taken to jail, just as he'd planned it.

Because he only asked for $1, Verone was charged with larceny, not bank robbery. But he said that if his punishment isn't severe enough, he plans to tell the judge that he'll do it again. His $100,000 bond has been reduced to $2,000, but he says he doesn't plan to pay it.

In jail, Verone said he skips dinner to avoid too much contact with the other inmates. He's already seen some nurses and is scheduled to see a doctor on Friday. He said he's hoping to receive back and foot surgery, and get the protrusion on his chest treated. Then he plans to spend a few years in jail, before getting out in time to collect Social Security and move to the beach.

Verone also presented the view that if the United States had a health-care system which offered people more government support, he wouldn't have had to make the choice he did.

"If you don't have your health you don't have anything," Verone said.

The Affordable Care Act, President Obama's health-care overhaul passed by Congress last year, was designed to make it easier for Americans in situations like Verone's to get health insurance. But most of its provisions don't go into effect until 2014.

As it is, Verone said he thinks he chose the best of a bunch of bad options. "I picked jail." "

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Re: One way to get proper health care

Postby Jhereg » Tue Jun 21, 2011 1:14 pm

Weird, he picked a canadian bank to rob?

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Re: One way to get proper health care

Postby Atzanik » Tue Jun 21, 2011 2:05 pm

Jhereg wrote:Weird, he picked a canadian bank to rob?


Yes, but some Canadian banks extend into the USA:

http://www.usbanklocations.com/rbc-bank-usa-gastonia-branch.html
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Re: One way to get proper health care

Postby Ommina » Tue Jun 21, 2011 2:55 pm

Well, good thinking really. That's almost 1.03 USD after exchange. Just good cents.

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Re: One way to get proper health care

Postby Meso » Tue Jun 21, 2011 3:18 pm

maybe he was after Canada healthcare

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Re: One way to get proper health care

Postby Tarvas » Tue Jun 21, 2011 3:32 pm

Yes, President Obama's healthcare law was definitely the right thing to pass.

Nancy Pelosi:

You’ve heard about the controversies within the bill, the process about the bill, one or the other. But I don’t know if you have heard that it is legislation for the future, not just about health care for America, but about a healthier America, where preventive care is not something that you have to pay a deductible for or out of pocket. Prevention, prevention, prevention—it’s about diet, not diabetes. It’s going to be very, very exciting.

But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy.


This is such a great law that 26 states are sueing the Federal Government over it, thousands of waivers of have been issued so far, and even Democrats are walking away from it. The sooner this travesty makes it to the Supreme Court the better. Any bill that has to be 2409 pages long isn't a bill worth passing. Nobody can understand that mess, least of the all the idiots that passed it.
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Re: One way to get proper health care

Postby Meso » Tue Jun 21, 2011 4:04 pm

If the republicans could do anything as well as they can whine, bitch, complain, and build a wall of solidarity against Obama, then they could have passed a dandy healthcare bill that works.
But Noooo, then what would they have left to bitch about? They have their heads (and pockets) too far up the asses of defense contractors and oil companies to care about the American people. Go where the money is, screw helping out the voters.
Think Iraq and Afghanastan are about freedom? Hell no! its all about oil, weapons sales and paranoia over opium poppies.

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Re: One way to get proper health care

Postby Meso » Tue Jun 21, 2011 4:09 pm

I have a great deal of respect for out servicemen. I have absolutely no respect for why we are over there.

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Re: One way to get proper health care

Postby Jhereg » Tue Jun 21, 2011 4:19 pm

States sue the federal government hundreds of times a year it seems. They sued the Bush administration over global warning and no child left behind, etc.

Anyway. There's lots of other places to get into political discussions. I don't really see this as being the place and don't understand why people bring it up here.

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Re: One way to get proper health care

Postby Tarvas » Tue Jun 21, 2011 4:21 pm

Jhereg wrote:Anyway. There's lots of other places to get into political discussions. I don't really see this as being the place and don't understand why people bring it up here.


Because we are bored. ^^
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Re: One way to get proper health care

Postby Tarvas » Tue Jun 21, 2011 4:27 pm

Jhereg wrote:http://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/41/politics/


That is a horrid ugly forum. It has to look pretty for me to go there.
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Re: One way to get proper health care

Postby Meso » Tue Jun 21, 2011 4:42 pm

Mechell, get off Tarv's account

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Re: One way to get proper health care

Postby Goofydoofy » Wed Jun 22, 2011 5:06 am

If I want healthcare, I'll smoke crack.
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Re: One way to get proper health care

Postby Tarvas » Wed Jun 22, 2011 7:45 am

That is one way to take care of it :D
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Re: One way to get proper health care

Postby Tarvas » Wed Jun 22, 2011 7:45 am

Meso wrote:Mechell, get off Tarv's account


I am prettier than her!
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Re: One way to get proper health care

Postby Criploc » Wed Jun 22, 2011 10:15 am

LOL...I was going to post this yesterday but the site was down. Here is a link to what I read.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_thelookou ... -post-form

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Re: One way to get proper health care

Postby Meso » Wed Jun 22, 2011 10:49 am

"I think it's hilarious that the teller had to be treated at the hospital for being so scared. He handed her a note asking for $1 and then nicely said he'd wait on the bench for police. WTH is wrong with her?!"

Prolly short of breath from laughing her ass off.

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Re: One way to get proper health care

Postby Tarvas » Wed Jun 22, 2011 11:25 am

Meso wrote:"I think it's hilarious that the teller had to be treated at the hospital for being so scared. He handed her a note asking for $1 and then nicely said he'd wait on the bench for police. WTH is wrong with her?!"

Prolly short of breath from laughing her ass off.


Probably trying to set up a lawsuit against the bank for improper security.
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