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June 21st, 2011
11:47 AM ET

Man says he robbed bank to get health care

A man walks into a bank and slips a note to the teller.

The note reads: “This is a bank robbery. Please only give me one dollar.”

Then the man tells the bank employees, “I’ll be sitting right over there in the chair waiting for the police."

He perches himself on a chair outside the bank he just robbed and waits for the police to arrive.

That suspect, James Verone, who is from Gaston County, North Carolina, told CNN affiliate WCNC that he robbed a bank for $1 for the sole reason of getting in jail so he could get free health care. He was not armed during the robbery.

Verone, 59, told WCNC he doesn’t have health insurance, but has a host of medical problems: A growth on his chest, two ruptured disks and a problem with his left foot.  Without a job and money, he reached the conclusion that going to jail would mean free medical care (although it's not free for taxpayers).

“I wanted to make it known that this wasn't for monetary reasons, but for medical reasons," Verone said.  His jailhouse interview with the station is above.

The logic, he told the news station, was to get a three-year sentence so he can get out of jail then collect Social Security and then later live in a Myrtle Beach condo.

Verone told his local paper, The Gaston Gazette that he had worked as a delivery man for Coca-Cola for 17 years.  That career ended three years ago, and he couldn’t find steady employment.  Then the medical problems began.  He lived off his savings and sought a part-time job.

The police charged him with larceny, not bank robbery, because of the $1 amount he demanded at the bank. Verone told his hometown paper if the jail penalty isn’t great enough, the crime will happen again.

Verone told WCNC, "I guess I am manipulating the courts to get medical care."

Is Verone’s story an example of one man gaming the system or a product of a flawed health care in America? Sound off below.


soundoff (1,430 Responses)
  1. StevenR

    Failed, not flawed, health care.

    All representatives that voted against Clinton's health care plan should be in jail for MANSLAUGHTER. Read the statute. It fits.

    June 21, 2011 at 12:00 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Johnny

      The US provides Israel with 3 Billion dollars per year, so that country can provide free health care for their citizens, while Americans have to resort to desperate measures to get care, or die.

      June 21, 2011 at 15:06 | Report abuse |
    • WaitWhat?

      Uh Johnny – if we could have healthcare for all of America for 3 Billion we would do it in a minute. You're comparing apples and watermelons.

      June 21, 2011 at 15:11 | Report abuse |
    • mycah

      Man robs bank for one dollar, in order to recive republican's health care plan.

      June 21, 2011 at 16:05 | Report abuse |
    • Mac

      As a Canadian, who enjoys inexpensive healthcare, I can't help but shake my head at the people in the US who consistently vote against their own interests. The Republican party, as a whole, are generally against the policies that the majority of their voting base would benefit from. As a country, Canada is doing much better economically than the US because we take a more balanced approach to financial matters. This criticism is not aimed at America in general, because I'm pretty sure that half of you can see the wisdom in what I'm saying. It's the other half of you, the corporate-beholden-Right, that are weighing you down.

      June 21, 2011 at 16:06 | Report abuse |
    • Steven Hewitt

      I watched the woman on CNN report on this , I thought it was a disgrace to roll your eyes when he only asked for a Dollar,
      What is worse this is what people are doing to get health care.

      June 21, 2011 at 16:44 | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      If I have $20.00, and I want something that costs $35.00, do I get it?

      June 21, 2011 at 16:44 | Report abuse |
    • James

      no, chris. but if it would save your life, i'd happily give you the $15 so you could afford it.

      June 21, 2011 at 16:56 | Report abuse |
    • dant

      @Chris The free market does not determine morality or what is good for society. You can't put a price on human dignity.

      June 21, 2011 at 17:02 | Report abuse |
    • MannyHM

      To Mac, the Canadian; I'm embarrassed (actually ashamed) on how we treat our less well-off uninsured folks here in the U.S. I'm a physician and I know that our country the U.S.A. can afford to be like any other developed countries that provide universal health coverage for its citizens. There's a book I'm reading right now called "The Healing of America" by T.R. Ried. He mentioned on what's lacking in other developed countries that provide health care coverage for its citizens – Shareholders.

      June 21, 2011 at 17:02 | Report abuse |
    • DC Johnny

      Medicare is essentially set to derail our entire economy over the next decade or two, and that only covers a small sliver of the population. For those who empathize with this man's suffering – that's very nice of you. But don't empathize without rationalization. Imagine what would happen if we brought everyone into a government run program. Imagine the sacrifices in every other aspect of our lives, from national security to quality of education to even the most local of services like transportation, policing, and fire safety.

      And while we're at it, lets just simply turn away from the fact that 99.9% of people in this man's shoes got there because of a clear lack of effort and focus during their younger years. Suffering the pains of a labor-intensive job does not mean that the nanny state is responsible for you – neither morally or financially.

      It's all fun and nice to sit on the side of rainbows and unicorns and pixie dust and gawk at the "more responsible" ones who draw a line and make a decision that's unpleasant but necessary for the safety and well-being of the rest of us, and then criticize us as heartless monsters.

      June 21, 2011 at 17:06 | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      I absolutely love this story. It shows what lengths people have to go to in order to get proper health care. It's pitiful, just pitiful that the "richest" nation on the planet doesn't give a hoot about its citizens.

      June 21, 2011 at 17:24 | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      So many people that want something for nothing in this country. not the fighting independent spirit we once had huh.

      June 22, 2011 at 10:45 | Report abuse |
  2. daddy2010

    Did he get the dollar?

    June 21, 2011 at 12:10 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Margaret Louk

      He may not get the health care either. I have a friend in jail in Maricopa County and they don't count tooth ache (people have died from them) as a medical emergency, or a concussion, or diarrhea. Unless it is cured by Tylenol forget about it.

      June 21, 2011 at 15:25 | Report abuse |
  3. John Daley

    Yes, an example representative of the health care non-system in America. The only country where you can go bankrupt getting medical care. A similar example is depicted in Michael Moore's movie Sicko, where he shows that the terrorists at Guantanamo Bay have health care, while tax paying Americans in many case don't. Visit pnhp.org for the solution– Medicare for all!

    June 21, 2011 at 12:14 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mac

      Yep.
      In the long-run, universal healthcare and the policies that promote healthy living are way, way cheaper and haev a ripple effect that benefits the entire economy.

      June 21, 2011 at 16:08 | Report abuse |
    • Dearypie

      I couldn't have said in better. John and Mac great comments.

      June 21, 2011 at 17:01 | Report abuse |
    • Luis

      How do we get rid of big Corp, thought??

      June 21, 2011 at 17:24 | Report abuse |
  4. Navy Fly-boy

    It is a sign of the times... Congresspersons who are filing lawsuits againt the Obama health care bill are putting politics ahead of the health and welfare of their fellow citizens. Period. I didn't vote for President Obama last election, but I sure as hell will the next election. Republicans are getting hijacked by the likes of Palin and right-wing religious nuts. Give the Obama healthcare legislation a fair chance!
    Go Navy!

    June 21, 2011 at 12:14 | Report abuse | Reply
    • margaret magwire

      I am in total agreement with you.

      June 21, 2011 at 12:21 | Report abuse |
    • Duckpond

      You sound like someone that has been watching a bit too much TV. It is obvious to me that you are an example of the greatest problem in America today: an uninformed populace. Palin is not even in politics anymore. The media keeps shining a light on her because she is a trainwreck and that is good for business. What this country needs is a flat tax with no loopholes such as a tax break for a second home. If you , me and the guy that sweeps up at the corner drug store all paid 18% of our unadjusted gross income, not only would America have the ability to better afford healthcare, we would wipe out our national debt. We have a 13 trillion dollar economy. 18% of 13 trillion would be the tax revenue versus, approx. $2.6 trillion. Our government total revenue last year was $2.2 trillion. This $2.2 figure includes all revenues from government held patents, sale of government assets, etc. Basically, we would increase our coffers by $400 billion with not including non-tax revenue. Before you speak on politics or reform, please get a clue. Otherwise, you risk purpetuating the American stereotype – easily molded, simple minded, people willing to do whatever the likes of [insert TV personality here] tells us to do.

      June 21, 2011 at 15:27 | Report abuse |
    • El Kababa

      Duckpond, a flat tax is just another tax cut for the rich. Why do you Conservatives worship the weathy who cut your pay, reduce your benefits, and outsource your job?

      June 21, 2011 at 16:57 | Report abuse |
    • william

      Oh Duckpond......Why don't you take your ducks and go back to the pond....The bottom line is that most people favor the healthcare reform bill....Its people like you that try to make it seem like everyone is against it and the bill will bankrupt America and bring us down to a third world country. You know what is bankrupting Americans? The cost of health care and the only way to fix that problem is to force the insurance companies to stop charging so damn much for health insurance and curb the costs associated with medical procedures. Health care reform is a good thing and if you disagree then chances are you have a boat load of money anyways.

      June 21, 2011 at 16:58 | Report abuse |
    • Susan

      What an indictment of our country this pathetic "bank robber" is. You can see his dilemma – even if he could find another job, at his age the chance of getting one with health care is nil. As someone else here wrote, the irony is that getting health care off business' back would help everyone, even business.

      And as to "flat tax" nonsense above – why the hell should the rich get *yet another* tax break while poor & middle class people get their taxes hiked, which is what so-called "flat tax" does? The rich are paying the lowest taxes since 1950 – if you want to really solve the problem, repeal the Bush cuts & reinstate the Clinton plan, which balanced our budget for one of the few times in the 20th century. I'm middle class & I wasn't hurting under the Clinton plan, were you?

      June 21, 2011 at 17:04 | Report abuse |
    • Ryboy

      Ducky... you have heard of the term discretionary income correct? That means that someone who earns $50M has a lot more discretionary (play) money than someone who earns $30K. You can't honestly believe it's fair to remove almost all of a working class persons discretionary income (and thus remonve a large portion of the money that flows back into our economy) and leave rich folks with more than enough to buy second and third yachts. Look up the concept of a regressive tax and get back to us uninformed people and explain why this wonderful flat tax idea isn't horribly biased towards the rich.

      June 21, 2011 at 17:07 | Report abuse |
    • Dearypie

      Oh Duckpond has the right wing faction got their claws that deep into you? Even if we had a flat tax rate for ALL Americans tomorrow, our most vulnerable of our citizens (those with preexisting conditions, poor, under employed, etc.) would still be left out of the means for proper healthcare because the cost is beyond what they can afford. The Kool-aid you've been drinking from the Republican hardline on universal healthcare has done you and those like you a huge disservice. It is in our nation's best interest to have a healthy working public. How does that not make sense to you? You are making many of us, Americans, look like uneducated and heartless people.

      June 21, 2011 at 17:13 | Report abuse |
    • Jeremy

      DUCKPOND,

      FLat tx wont work...You need an estate tax that gives back to the US. PERIOD. When u odie you can pass say 5 million to each sibling. Past that goes to the US. PERIOD.

      You should take away incentives to make money, but give incentives for them to give back to charity or others before they pass. Noone needs $10 BILLION. And for you that say its "unamerican." CORPORATIONS are UNAMERICAN.. PERIOD. beacuse they protect the inviduals assets so he can BORROW and risk others money. Remember...US is built on FAMILY OWNED business. You keep the profits, but y ou also have to pay ALL THE DEBTS. No "company bankrupt but i am still rich". (Donald Trump)

      June 21, 2011 at 18:57 | Report abuse |
  5. Soon enough

    This guy will learn soon enough that the medical care provided by prisons isn't nearly as helpful as the "tough on crime" crowd exagerates. There are very good reasons why the life expectancy is so low in prison.

    June 21, 2011 at 12:15 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Wakehead

      Something is better than nothing.

      June 21, 2011 at 14:28 | Report abuse |
    • lysander77

      Do you honestly think he was thinking it'd be John Hopkins in there? Poor guys out of options and something is better than nothing.

      June 21, 2011 at 16:56 | Report abuse |
    • El Kababa

      Let's send the poor guy to jail. How much do Americans have to beg to be allowed to live? He's at least got a plan.

      June 21, 2011 at 16:58 | Report abuse |
    • bdkisok

      It's the point he is making that matters to me. Legal and law abiding citizens have no medical care as opposed to those who are incarcerated and/or not in this country legally. Good for him. Hope he commits another crime, with the help of a bit more knowledge, and gets what he deserves, compared to so many others who don't deserve it.

      June 21, 2011 at 17:06 | Report abuse |
  6. Lorin

    Its sad the things people will do to get what they need. When will things get easier for anyone? I don't know... It's always a struggle and no one that can helps seems willing too help.

    June 21, 2011 at 12:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Hank

    This is just absolutely sickening. Illegal immigrants are getting all of this (and more) for free and an American citizen has to break the law to get looked at. In the end, I get called a racist for even pointing it out and being against illegal immigration, and the federal government continue to ignore the entire issue. Don't you idiots out there see anything wrong with that?

    June 21, 2011 at 12:31 | Report abuse | Reply
    • CK

      Agree, agree and agree!

      June 21, 2011 at 12:45 | Report abuse |
    • alec

      Totally agree, read my comment which I posted before reading yours. It is a national disgrace.

      June 21, 2011 at 13:11 | Report abuse |
    • deelogeelo

      not so sure how accurate your claims are, nevetheless, you can't scream at the illigal immigrants. You need to scream at your congress people. You can't even say Obama did it, becasue it's congress that adds and subtracts restrictions to make sure their checks from the insurance companies keep coming.

      June 21, 2011 at 14:57 | Report abuse |
    • 4sanity

      Ever tried to get "free" healthcare in an ER? It doesn't work that way. The hospitals are obligated to give you emergency care only. Anything else you'll have to pay for and it's no different for illegals as it is for US citizens who are uninsured.

      June 21, 2011 at 15:29 | Report abuse |
    • Chuks

      ...casting blame solves no problem...u may be in a good position today, but ur future is actually not in ur hands...what goes around comes around

      June 21, 2011 at 17:14 | Report abuse |
    • Sarah

      4Sanity is right. If illegals are getting "free" healthcare then its a state policy not a national one. In TX we had to take a friend to the ER and while I waited, I saw at least two people get turned down for care due to lack of insurance. Nor can they qualify for welfare in TX. Your theory just doesn't work.

      June 21, 2011 at 17:17 | Report abuse |
    • Carlos

      Now ... let me see if I understood ... you´re saying that illegal inmigrants are responsible for this?? WOW!! That´s so clever, you know? You blame people who go to USA with the ONLY purpose of getting a remuneration for their honest labor? ... Lazy, lazy point of view, if you ask me. Do your homework, buddy.

      June 21, 2011 at 17:23 | Report abuse |
  8. Aaron

    He could have tried selling his Myrtle Beach Condo. Thats just one suggestion!

    June 21, 2011 at 12:35 | Report abuse | Reply
    • CK

      Aaron – apparently you do not own any property, otherwise you would know that more than likely he is upside down on his mortgage and would not get one cent...this is sadly the case for most Americans today since the market plunged.

      June 21, 2011 at 12:43 | Report abuse |
    • Wakehead

      He doesn't have a condo. That is his plan when he is old enough to get SS and Medicare.

      June 21, 2011 at 14:29 | Report abuse |
    • Mac

      Are you listening to yourself?
      You've become so used to your f–ked up medical system that you think it's normal to sell your home so that you can survive.
      Please...please come up to Canada, or make friends with some Canadians and talk with them. Our system isn't perfect, but the vast majority of us never lose a wink of sleep over our healthcare.

      June 21, 2011 at 16:11 | Report abuse |
  9. William

    Finally, someone who has found a way to receive the same health benefits that our federally elected representatives are given for their "honorable" civil service. Why is it that a young person, who volunteers for military service, receieves lifetime medical benefits....and the system has not crashed our economy. Please, do not misunderstand my comment. I believe we can never do enough for the wounded warriors, who with unwavering bravery, protect the freedoms that we all enjoy. Prior to the war in Iraq...started at the whim of swinging Dick Cheney and his two boys. Oddly enough, the only man qualified to make an informed decision about waging war in Iraq, was ignored and shut out....General Powell should have been the man who had President Bush's ear....not the men who all avoided serving our country. There were no terrorists, who were involved in the horrific events of 9/11/200 in Ira, during Saddam's rule....as horrific as he was. Yet if we went to war to stop the genocide, why did we stop in Iraq? Iraq is now one of the safehavens and recruiting locations for new terrorists...our elected officials invited them into Iraq. Perhaps we should require every young man and woman to give four years of military or humanitarian service in exchange for lifetime health care...either that or take away the benefits our elected officials receive, until every citizen of this grand republic is offered the same benefits. Wake up people...slavery is alive and well....and some of you cannot see it. Instead of working fields, most of us work in a cubicle.....running on a wheel until we die or are too old to continue. Isn't it ironic that the greatest nation in the world cannot provide our people the same basic services that almost every other industrialized. Nation does for their own? I am sorry for all the typos...it is hard to read this screen. Thank you for reading this rant.

    June 21, 2011 at 12:37 | Report abuse | Reply
    • M

      Your rant makes perfect sense to me. One minor sticking point however, only military who served during war get lifetime care. Those who served during peace time do not. Peace time members who serve their four year stint, then leave have to find their own health care solutions, when they reach retirement age they can go to VA, but not before.

      June 21, 2011 at 13:15 | Report abuse |
    • Young Veteran

      Yeah, please be a bit more careful about your statements regarding "young, healthy" veterans who get lifetime medical care. Not all of us do. I was injured in a training accident, and that injury led to my discharge after seven years of service (three years enlisted, four years as an officer). Although I got bounced around on "homeland" deployments, I never saw the Middle East.

      Now, despite being "young and healthy" at the age of 30, I have a permanent, systemic, auto-immune condition, and I'm paying through the nose to keep it under control. It's unrelated to the original injury, and the Army isn't taking care of that injury anyway, so I'm sore out of luck.

      I'm lucky that I was able to find full-time employment with benefits. Even with health insurance, it's expensive. And if my condition gets worse, as many people with this condition experience, I might be unable to work eventually. Where does that leave me?

      A lifetime of always trying to "do the right thing," and it doesn't matter in the end.

      June 21, 2011 at 13:59 | Report abuse |
  10. sniffanus

    he will soon need to add sphincter problems to his list of ailments.

    June 21, 2011 at 13:00 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. John

    A sad state of affairs. THe country can pay $175k per year, free medical and a pension to those responsible for running the country into the dirt and we can send billions around the world to people who hate us, but an otherwise honest citizen has to resort to this to get medical care. I truly wish him well.

    June 21, 2011 at 13:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. sniffanus

    "I guess I am manipulating the courts to get medical care." i am sure the courts feel so used now.

    June 21, 2011 at 13:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. alec

    The real disgrace is that if he was an illegal alien all he'd have to do is appear at any ER and voila-free.

    June 21, 2011 at 13:09 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jackson

      I doubt the emergency room will help an illegal or anyone treat their cancer, or get a hip replacement for an arthritic hip that prevents you from working, or treatment for a mental illness, or a kidney transplant for kidney failure, or diagnosing and treating heart disease, need I go on.

      June 21, 2011 at 13:51 | Report abuse |
    • Adam

      Another racist spouting idiocies that he doesn't understand.

      ANYONE can walk into an ER, and get EMERGENCY care if it is deemed that it is needed. Americans can give fake info just as easily as any illegal can, and trust me, they do, often.

      June 21, 2011 at 16:48 | Report abuse |
    • lydia

      You are quite uninformed. ANYONE– legal or not, with an EMERGENCY (life threatening) must, by law, be treated by an ER. This mans conditions would likely not be seen as life threatening so if, he walked in and said "my heart is palpitating," they would check him to make sure he isn't having a hear attack, but that's about it. He needs further treatment. Anyone (legal or not) would get the same treatment. I'm sure you'd like to see an illegal frisked for ID first while he was in cardiac arrest, but we are just a bit more humane than that in the US. However, nobody gets free services beyond that in the ER.

      June 21, 2011 at 16:59 | Report abuse |
  14. Brenda

    This is just the tip of the iceburg. Wait until they do away with social security and medicare for everyone under 55. How many of the working poor, who number in the millions, would rather face their golden years in a federal prison than the alternative. Most will have no savings, no retirement plans and no income or medical care. Sitting in a federal prison beats living on the street, starving to death, or dying from a treatable illness such as high blood pressure or diabetes. Why should those who worked thirty and forty years with the hope of retiring at 65 now be told they will have nothing. Do they really think someone making $10.00 an hour can save enough to reitre on in 10 years? The New Social Security and Medicare is now called "Club FED".

    June 21, 2011 at 13:13 | Report abuse | Reply
    • drb

      Interesting concept Brenda..so prison's will eventually become retirement communities for the poor and middle class as well most likely. Better than living on the street.

      June 21, 2011 at 13:40 | Report abuse |
    • geo

      Poverty is already treated like a crime, so why not?

      June 21, 2011 at 14:10 | Report abuse |
  15. Ed Peterson

    numerology for James Verone:

    http://edpetersonnumerology.com/2011/06/21/numerology-for-james-verone/

    June 21, 2011 at 13:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. D

    Charity care in North Carolina. Man made a bad decision! If he is under income, which sounds like he was. All he had to due was to apply to the state of North Carolina for Charity Care....

    June 21, 2011 at 13:34 | Report abuse | Reply
    • T

      Wrong, D, Charity Care only works for children and single moms with children. They would have told him to make payments, if they would have treated him at all. Been there, done that.

      June 21, 2011 at 13:56 | Report abuse |
  17. sick n tired

    I started talking about this months ago, right after the banks robbed us. Then I revised my retirement plan. When It is my time to retire and all the benefits that I have paid in to for the last 25 years are gone, my best option is robbing banks. It's a win win for me. If I get away with it I have my retirement funds, if I don't........free room & board AND free health care. What else are we supposed to do? I don't want to work until I'm 72, hell I want to retire when I still have a life to enjoy, not when I need someone elso to wipe my a$$...........

    June 21, 2011 at 13:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Benny

    James Verone is a registered dimwitocrat. Typical, try to scam the system, attention seeking nonsense.

    June 21, 2011 at 14:03 | Report abuse | Reply
    • lysander77

      Must be unsettling to lack compassion at some point. Maybe it just washes away one day and you wake up confident in your selfish hypocrisy but one has to wonder what it's like to be absolute in such a complicated matter. I'd wager it's lonely being afraid of so much.

      June 21, 2011 at 17:00 | Report abuse |
  19. geo

    Silly man! Why didn't he ask for more? He'll need at least 1/3 million $ for his healthcare.

    June 21, 2011 at 14:08 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. Louise

    Wow. I have a lot of ailments but then I am responsible and went to a doctor. I am having to make paymentsbut I got treated. I cannot afford insurance since my monthly payment double over the two years after the Oblundercare went into effect. Why do I have to pay for lazy good for nothings when I cannot afford my own insurance now. You liberals can rot in hades for all I care. Get out of my life. I had a good life until this idiot took over and gave money to all his cronies in banking and on wall street. Yeah, he has done a great job. What ever happened to responsibility in this country?

    June 21, 2011 at 14:16 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Zippy

      Didn't you get the memo, Louise? Personal responsibility is too much of a burden.

      June 21, 2011 at 15:03 | Report abuse |
  21. Gary

    What a great country!! Families divorcing to qualify for medical insurance. Families selling their home to pay for medical care. People turning into criminals on purpose just to get decent medical help. The biggest debtor nation in the world. A bigger yearly deficit than most nations productivity. Crumbling transportation and infrastructure. Broken education system. A great polluter. Last solo military victory was invading Grenada on surfboards. Americans hiding their nationality while abroad. One in seven without health insurance. Increased poverty, illiteracy, highest criminal incarceration in the world. And so on. What a great country!!

    June 21, 2011 at 14:17 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Wakehead

      But the wealthy got their tax cuts. Are you against tax cuts?

      June 21, 2011 at 14:32 | Report abuse |
    • Zippy

      Simple answer is don't have children when you can't feed, house, clothe, educate, and provide medical care for. It's really that simple. Don't ask the rest of us to pay for your little darlings.

      The infrastructure – that is there for everyone – is gone because states use their gasoline taxes as general fund. The infrastructure is deteriorating because we subsidize people and business. We shouldn't support anyone. We shouldn't be picking winners and losers. We should be winning or losing without the government's "benign" help.

      June 21, 2011 at 15:07 | Report abuse |
    • Zippy

      ps Wake: Mr. Obama extended the tax cuts for those tax cuts. Makes you wonder if maybe he knows which part of society created jobs even if he won't publicly admit it.

      June 21, 2011 at 15:08 | Report abuse |
    • lysander77

      Maybe you skipped reading comprehension at whatever Ivy League school your Daddy paid your tuition for but if you look at the jobs numbers and more importantly, history, tax cuts and supply side economies don't create jobs.

      June 21, 2011 at 17:02 | Report abuse |
  22. Paul Brannon

    My health insurance (individual) was going up $100 a month every year for years before the present administration took office.
    Can't blame that on the health care act.

    June 21, 2011 at 14:34 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Bob

      Wanna bet? I'm sure they can blame health care reform for things that happened before Obama was born, and find plenty of idiots to believe it. If "the left" wanted to make us all wealthy, free and happy, I'm sure they'd convince some idiots those were all bad ideas.

      June 21, 2011 at 15:12 | Report abuse |
  23. AdamChi

    Moral of the story? If you don't get what you want, it's Ok to committ a crime to meet those ends. That's not very good at all.

    June 21, 2011 at 14:51 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Bob

      Yeah, good thing the Founders of our country didn't get the wild idea to do something rebellious and illegal to get what they wanted.

      June 21, 2011 at 15:00 | Report abuse |
  24. Anthrogirl

    Wow!

    June 21, 2011 at 14:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. Zippy

    Why in the name of sanity are we providing health care to inmates?

    June 21, 2011 at 15:01 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Bob

      Good point. If you get busted for something you didn't do and then die from some random infection two weeks later, that's just too bad. Why even bother with arrests and trials? Why not let cops perform random kills to cull the population?

      June 21, 2011 at 15:08 | Report abuse |
    • Adam

      Better question: Why are we paying for health care for the congressmen and senators that are working so hard to make sure a large percentage of the country will never be able to afford it?

      June 21, 2011 at 16:52 | Report abuse |
    • seriously226

      It'd be cruel & unusual punishment not to provide healthcare.

      June 21, 2011 at 17:09 | Report abuse |
    • David

      How would it be cruel and unusual punishment to not provide prisoners with medical care? We did not have access to expensive life-saving medical procedures 70-years ago, was it cruel and unusual punishment then? Of course not!

      June 22, 2011 at 16:30 | Report abuse |
  26. Earl

    It would have interesting political repercussions if 10 million people did the same thing.

    June 21, 2011 at 15:12 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. Tara V.

    Let's face it the man didn't cause anyone harm nor did he intend to. This is just an unfortune outcome of an older man that our government doesn't seem to think deserves adequate health care...and the rest of us for that matter.

    June 21, 2011 at 15:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. battergrl

    AdamChi, he didn't committ a crime to get a "WANT" it was a "NEED", big difference. As someone with chronic health issues/meds/doctor appts, I am barely hanging on. Have to chose between buying food and meds. Can't take all meds as prescribed. Hope you have a "healthy" life......

    June 21, 2011 at 15:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. Medicaid

    If he has no money, why couldn't this guy get Medicaid?

    June 21, 2011 at 15:33 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jimmy Shaftbobber

      He is white.

      June 21, 2011 at 16:54 | Report abuse |
    • lydia

      Contrary to Jimmy's dumb** racist assertion, he probably can't qualify for Medicaid because of his age (which is why the article says he wants to stay in jail for three more years). Last time I checked, Medicaid is age based, not race based. Now, Medicare disability, he would have to qualify based on a disability, and it sounds like he can work, so he wouldn't qualify for that either.

      June 21, 2011 at 17:03 | Report abuse |
    • kake79

      Medicaid is need based. If he's poor enough, he can qualify. Medicare is age based.

      June 21, 2011 at 19:10 | Report abuse |
  30. Nancy

    Its sad he had to do this to survive..

    June 21, 2011 at 15:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. Cathy Segraves

    Our company has cancelled health care because of the sky rocketing costs. I am now paying for individual policy twice what I can normally afford. My husband is uninsurable and we are struggling to find health insurance for him by July 1st. I can completely understand resorting to desparate measures.

    June 21, 2011 at 15:36 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Len

      We are paying Cobra because my husband can't find a job with benefits. Everyone is hiring contractors now. While i have my own business, it is just too expensive to get it for the two of us. Cobra is actually CHEAPER

      June 21, 2011 at 17:06 | Report abuse |
  32. CPW

    GOOD FOR HIM!!! And im being serious.

    June 21, 2011 at 15:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. PandoraDoggl

    Health care in this country is so expensive precisely BECAUSE of people like this who expect someone else to pay for it for them. You don't go in to the auto shop and plop down your copay to get an oil change or a tire rotation; you pay for that yourself. You don't go in and simply just hand them a credit card and say, "Charge up whatever it costs – go." You ask for a quote, and if it's more than you want to pay, you go somewhere else and find a mechanic who'll do it cheaper. We pretend that just because we NEED something, that means that someone else is responsible for giving it to us. That's not the case. Unalienable rights are those things that we already HAVE that no government can legitimately take away, not things that the government is obligated to provide to us free of charge – oh, I'm sorry, I mean by billing someone else.

    June 21, 2011 at 15:55 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mac

      WRONG!
      It's expensive because healthcare is treated like a privilege when it should be treated like a right.
      Why is it that you don't have to pay the police when you come home and find that your house broken into?
      Why is it that you don't have to pay the fire department when they come to your place to put out a fire?
      Viewing healthcare differently, as a consumer service, is insane.

      June 21, 2011 at 16:18 | Report abuse |
    • Greenspam

      Actually, you do pay for police and firefighters... It's called property tax and sales tax. Major cities like Los Angeles spend billions on police budget every year.

      June 21, 2011 at 16:49 | Report abuse |
    • Adam

      Another idiot. He never expected anyone to pay for him. He had a long time career with a company, and thanks to the blundering fools on Wall Street, he lost his job like millions of others. Along with that he lost his health care. He is a victim of the true criminals, bankers.

      June 21, 2011 at 16:54 | Report abuse |
    • Len

      Actually, Mac, you do pay for those services.

      Police – tax money. Look at your paycheck. This is paid for out of your city taxes.

      Fire Department – You pay for this every year. If you don't pay into it, thye can CHARGE you for the cost of putting out that house fire. The rest is paid for by city taxes.

      Nothing is free. If you believe that, you are an idiot.

      June 21, 2011 at 17:02 | Report abuse |
    • lydia

      But Len, this SHOULD be coming out of our taxes because like police and fire protection, NO ONE should be going without healthcare. It shouldn't just be reserved for the elite few.

      June 21, 2011 at 17:05 | Report abuse |
    • RadarTheKat

      When my mother was in her 30s and 40s she would have 8 – 10 different boxes of cookies in the house at any one time. She never exercised, drank and smoked and was overweight. Now in her 70s, he health has been poor for 25 years. She has a half dozen prescriptions, a heart stent, diabetes, colitis, and several other "issues." She's been in and out of the hospital a couple dozen times over the last 10 years. All of this has been paid for by Medicare/Medicaid/SS disability payments. She would not be alive if she had to pay all her medical expenses. And yet... I don't feel it's fair that she, and many others like her who didn't bother to take care of themselves, should receive hundreds of thousands of dollars of medical care each to deal with the maladies associated with their lack of self-responsibility. I'll say it, my own mother should no longer be alive. Yes, I'm glad she is, but she should have died years ago based upon the way she lived her life. Of, and she never saved a dime away for a rainy day either, despite having a professional job and despite having a big gain from a real estate transaction when she was in her 50s. I take care of myself, exercise, eat right, avoid sugary foods (even though I love them) don;t smoke, drink no more than a 6-pack of beer per YEAR, and have money put away should I find myself without insurance. I have a high school education and have worked hard all my life to set myself up financially. I sold my home in 2003, waited out most of the crash, and bought a new home in 2009 for cheap money. If I can do it, why should I care about the thousands I've heard about with advanced degrees who can;t afford their mortgages and find themselves without a job and yet have no savings. It's about individual responsibility.

      June 21, 2011 at 17:45 | Report abuse |
  34. Anonymus

    I think the whole situation is ridiculous that the man should have to rob a bank to survive. But it's not just the heath care that's at fault. If doctor's weren't sued so frequently for things out of their control then their malpractice insurance wouldn't have to be so expensive and they would make a livable income without hurting everyone elses pockets. If medical insurances actually paid what they were supposed to then hospitals wouldn't have to find the funds they need elsewhere. And if the economy wasn't so worthless due to people being underpaid and therefore extremely thrifty then he would still have health insurance and wouldn't have had to rob a bank in the first place. It's not just the health care that's to blame. It's all the inconveniences of 2011. Times suck. And they're going to continue to suck until we figure out a way to give all the 6.8 billion people in this tiny world jobs.

    June 21, 2011 at 16:00 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. Jared

    Does anyone realize that 85% of health care costs in America are used to treat completely preventable diseases like heart disease, diabetes, overweight/obesity, STD's, Tobacco-related disease, and many more? We can all do a lot to take control of our own health. How about we go back basics like exercising, eating well, no smoking, and no drinking, before we ask the government to take care of our health for us?

    June 21, 2011 at 16:42 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Greenspam

      Does anyone know that 75% of all statistics are made up?

      June 21, 2011 at 16:47 | Report abuse |
    • Boruch N. Hoffinger

      Dear Jared,
      http://www.pnhp.org/
      Check this out.
      Very interesting and informative.

      June 21, 2011 at 16:52 | Report abuse |
  36. Greenspam

    The irony here is that this guy probably supported Republicans and kept screaming "SOCIALISM" when Obama introduced his universal healthcare.

    June 21, 2011 at 16:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. Boruch N. Hoffinger

    Check out National Health Care.
    It's NOT government health care:
    http://www.pnhp.org/

    June 21, 2011 at 16:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. Ramsay Fretz

    are you kidding me, your reporting on this story is completely off, this man is willing to go to jail to get health care! in America! what is the matter with you people. health care is not an option, you die! unless you agree with those who want all poor people to die! is that the case? your answer is expected.

    June 21, 2011 at 16:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. Jimmy Shaftbobber

    I kissed my way up to VP at a health insurance company. Now I take over $500,000 of your health care dollars for NO VALUE ADDED to your health care. And that’s just me. Now think about how many other VPs, Directors, Managers, etc. are at my company alone. Now multiply that by thousands of others at hundreds of other health insurance companies. From 10 to 25% of your health care dollars go towards administration that adds NO VALUE to your health care. But my company’s PAC dollars will continue to fool you little people into thinking that a single payer system will be bad. Little people like you are so easy to fool. Little people also don’t realize that a single payer system is the ONLY system that would allow little people (as an entire country) to negotiate better health care prices. Little people don’t realize that the Medical Cartels already know that. And that is the reason why the Medical Cartels spend so much PAC money from the hospitals and doctors lobbying against a single payer system. Some little people say that a single payer system would cost you little people more. But if that were true, then wouldn’t the hospitals and doctors WANT that extra money? Yes they would. So why do the Medical Cartels lobby against a single payer system? It’s because the Medical Cartels know it would allow little people to negotiate better health care prices. And that’s what the Medical Cartels are afraid of. Period.
    But us big wigs at insurance companies, hospitals, and pharmacy companies don’t ever need to worry about health care no matter what it costs. We get our health care paid for one way or another by you little people. And we get the little people that work at our companies to contribute to our PACs. And us big wigs say it’s to protect the little peoples’ jobs. But in reality it would be in the little peoples’ best interest to NOT contribute to the PAC. Again, little people are so easy to be fooled. I won’t ever have to worry about losing my job with so many little people being brain washed by the Medical Cartels’ PAC money. Not only that, the Medical Cartels’ PAC money is used to elect so many republicans that will never allow a single payer system. Republicans have always fought against any meaningful health care reform. But that’s what our Medical Cartels’ PACs pay them for. Politicians can be bought so easily.
    Pretty soon the only people that will be able to afford health care is us big wigs. And that’s the way it should be. We don’t want you little people using up the resources when we need them. And once again, I thank you little people for capping my SS tax at the $106,800 level. Now I only pay 1.3% SS tax and you little people pay 6.2%. Also, thank you for extending my tax breaks. I’m using the extra money on my vacation houses.

    June 21, 2011 at 16:53 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Len

      Wow, what a great way to get attention and look false. Bravo!

      June 21, 2011 at 16:57 | Report abuse |
    • Gordon

      Your day will come....

      June 21, 2011 at 17:08 | Report abuse |
    • David

      Jimmy, lets be honest. You are no health care VP...

      June 22, 2011 at 16:46 | Report abuse |
  40. Socrates

    Put him in jail, then let him get it in the butt by Brutus, then he won't be trying to go to jail again.

    June 21, 2011 at 16:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. Len

    You know universal healthcare is all well and good, but who is going to pay for it? The Obama healthcare plan requires everyone to have insurance, not for free, but to pay the insurance company for it. It will be just car insurance, the prices will sky rocket and you will required to have pay it. It will be worse in the long run than just saving the money for the medical expense.

    If we could have healthcare for free, it would be great. Unfortunately, that is is a perfect world. Our gov't just can't afford to give everyone that healthcare. Europe has it, but look at all the problems they have. It has made news multiple times of people having to wait hours for an ambulance because of districts not wanting to pay the ambulance bill. You don't get something for nothing.

    June 21, 2011 at 16:56 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mary

      universal healthcare isn't free...it's a percentage of one's earnings. Even with a 6% tax for universal healthcare it would still be less than what a private plan costs. People who are fortunate enough to work for companies/federal/state/municipal jobs could still keep their low premium plans but for people who do not have any options (like myself unless I could afford a private plan) there would be something available.

      June 21, 2011 at 17:12 | Report abuse |
  42. BlackDynamite

    In Canada, many countries in Europe, even Cuba, you get great health care. Period.
    And you don't get robbed. And you don't have to rob it.
    BD

    June 21, 2011 at 16:57 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Len

      Lets also add that they are in financial collapse and most real people there can't get healthcare. I have quite a few friends in Britain who have medical issues and are saving their money to come here for healthcare. They are ignored there because they can't afford the demand.

      June 21, 2011 at 16:59 | Report abuse |
    • Socrates

      Of course, you have to wait in line reminiscent of the bread lines they have in Russia after the war.

      June 21, 2011 at 16:59 | Report abuse |
    • Skwerl

      @Len
      I don't know about Britain but if you think Canada is in financial collapse you are uninformed.

      June 21, 2011 at 19:19 | Report abuse |
  43. l

    if this was a black man he would be catching hell... and none of you would be defending him...

    June 21, 2011 at 16:57 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Len

      Nah ,he would only catch hell if he was OJ

      June 21, 2011 at 17:05 | Report abuse |
  44. Deep North

    Welcome To New America!

    June 21, 2011 at 16:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. beasterdamas

    I like it...Health care in America should be free for those who cannot afford it...What happened to Medicare/Medicaid how come this man could not get help in a country such as this...Sad people sad...

    June 21, 2011 at 16:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. Gordon

    So much for the land of the free and home of the brave, that's Canada now. America is now the land of the super rich and the home of the sick, poor, and tired.

    June 21, 2011 at 16:59 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Len

      Wait...when was Canada considered more than people who whine and have a temper tantrum when their team loses at hockey? Oh wait, and have a riot. Yup, that sounds like a great place to live.

      June 21, 2011 at 17:04 | Report abuse |
    • Gordon

      So Len, no other country has ever had a sports riot? One incident is indicative of the overall temperment of an entire nation or people?

      June 21, 2011 at 17:33 | Report abuse |
  47. Caroline

    Let everyone rage. YOu either have the means or not. You cannot find a job and you can afford nothing like care and least of all insurance. I think that he needs to find the low income related care that is available but perhaps he did not know about it or has already tried it. Someone in the area please try to get him some type of medical care. Do not even go there about someone mentally until you have walked in their shoes. God bless everyone in this economy.

    June 21, 2011 at 17:00 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. Fig1024

    It can't be possible to get arrested for bank robbery if you ask politely and have no weapon and don't force yourself upon the bank employees. Right?
    I'd lose my faith in humanity if that stunt actually landed him in prison.

    June 21, 2011 at 17:00 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. Mary

    I think this guy did this to make a statement. He qualified for food stamps which means he would most likely qualify for a community care program...not the greatest but it's something.
    I can related – I work but am nonbenefitted. I don't qualify for any community care programs because I have a home (with a mortgage and my home is appraised at less than $200,000) so I go without healthcare. I can totally relate to what this man has done to get healthcare. I'm lucky I don't have medical problems but if I did I'd have to do something drastic to live.
    He has made quite a statement about the healthcare dilema in this country. I applaud him

    June 21, 2011 at 17:05 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mary

      i should make note that I cannot afford a private policy. At my age I can't afford it. NH determines policy premiums by age and demographics....my taxes are good enough to pay for federal/state/municipal employees but I can't afford it for myself. Great system we have here.....NOT

      June 21, 2011 at 17:07 | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Yet Mary you CAN afford things like a nice computer, high speed internet, telephone, cable to watch cnn, probably have a car, probably eat out. It's not that you CANT afford it, it's that you choose to prioritize other needs and wants over your health care because you are healthy, that is what most people have done in this country, then when they need it they come with their hands out or rob a bank to get it. Most jobs I see advertised now offer healthcare benefits, why aren't you applying for one, why a job with no benefits, that's your choice.

      June 22, 2011 at 11:44 | Report abuse |
  50. dant

    @Duckpond Talk about irony; you call people misinformed but still argue for the flat tax? Even Nixon thought it wouldn't work when he has people research it. In the end it increases taxes on those who have a small portion of the total wealth. The poor and middle class already pay a large % of income in sales and payroll taxes. Sometimes even more than the wealthy! And since you can't get rid of sales, payroll and other non-income taxes, don't you dare talk about a flat income tax.

    June 21, 2011 at 17:06 | Report abuse | Reply
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