This is all bad. It’s a sad day when a man feels he has to resort to jail time to get medical attention.
James Verone said he walked up to a teller at a Gastonia, N.C. bank and handed her a note.
It said “This is a bank robbery, please only give me one dollar.” Verone then told the teller he’d be sitting in a nearby chair, waiting for the police.
The 59-year-old said he did everything he could to get caught so he could receive free health care in jail.
Verone has a growth on his chest, two ruptured disks and a problem with his left foot. With no job, Verone thought his desperate plan was the best way to provide for himself.
Verone was charged with larceny.
Courtney Boyd Myers at The Next Web notes Verone’s plot provides clear evidence of a flawed medical system.
“As his fellow American, I have to say, our national health care is in a very sad state,” Myers writes.
Though Verone said he’s receiving good care in jail, Slate previously reported that health care in prison is at best as good as a low-income health plan and at worst, almost nonexistent.
From Slate: The majority of ailments are treated on-site, but inmates who are gravely ill can be taken to the nearest hospital. Sick prisoners must make a nominal co-payment for each visit to the jailhouse doctor—usually $5 or so, taken from an hourly wage that typically runs between 19 cents and 40 cents an hour. Costs above that are covered by the state.
Verone’s plan was to go to jail for three years, then be released in time to start collecting Social Security.
SMH at Verone’s time table to get out and start collecting social security. But if he hadn’t gone to jail, he would probably still be sick, in pain and in need of surgery.