Global Crisis/Innovation Blog

How to  Get Health Care in America: Rob a Bank

By Shlomo Maital

  This is a true story, reported on CNN.

   James Verone, from Gaston County, North Carolina, is 59. He has serious medical problems (a growth on his chest, two ruptured disks and a problem with his left foot). He has no job, no money and no health insurance. 

  So – how do you get urgent health care in America, one of the wealthiest nations in the world? 

  You get creative.

   Gaston walks into a bank and slips a note to the teller: “This is a bank robbery. Please only give me one dollar.”  He then tells the bank employees, “I’ll be sitting right over there in the chair waiting for the police.” He then perches himself on a chair just outside the bank and awaits the police. 

  He hopes for a 3-year sentence, so he could reach 62 in jail and then get Social Security.

  CNN reports, “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.”

  In jail, Verone says, the prison doctor who treated him accused him of “manipulation”. 

  In America, you get health care by committing a crime and going to jail. It seems there is no other way. 

   America.  The country only a mother could love.  Or could she?