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 this is where each person can do something. Want to change things like this? Talk to your representative, send letters, call, and do all that you can. And if they don’t respond or don’t push for the issues you find important or go against the issues that you find important, vote them out, vote for someone new. Do NOT miss elections, of any sort. Always vote when there is an election. “Oh I don’t like an of the candidates so I will not vote” NO. You go and vote for someone who represents best what you feel is important and must be changed and the candidate that you feel is doing what is best. Yes, social networking sites such as this can sometimes bring attention to issues like this, but not much will be done unless you go out and do something or say something. All of you have such important things to say about issues like this, you all have a voice and vision for change. Now go out and use it.