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Rob a bank, get healthcare

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Rusty Shackleford, Jun 20, 2011.

  1. Rusty Shackleford

    Rusty Shackleford Active Member

    This guy robbed a bank of $1 for the express purpose of going to jail and getting prison healthcare.

    http://abcnews.go.com/Health/Wellness/nc-man-allegedly-robs-bank-health-care-jail/story?id=13887040
     
  2. NoOneLikesUs

    NoOneLikesUs Active Member

    DEATH PANELS!! SOCILISM!
     
  3. Sam Mills 51

    Sam Mills 51 Active Member

    Wouldn't be the least bit surprised if the guy really thought this through.

    On one hand, if he had kept his own healthcare coverage, it might have been available at a reasonable rate. If he tries to get this now, not only would there be a 6-12 month "waiting period" in which the provider would refuse to pay for major procedures, etc., but also the pre-existing conditions the man has - growth in chest and two ruptured disks - would cause his premium to skyrocket. While providers aren't supposed to be able to deny based on pre-existing conditions, there's no law (to the best of my knowledge) that keeps providers from jacking the rates, claiming that they need to protect themselves.

    The possibility exists that he simply could not afford his own policy, though it's amazing how many people claim they cannot are driving expensive vehicles, taking luxurious vacations and spend more on smartphones and wireless bills than most somewhat fiscally responsible people would.
     
  4. Sam Mills 51

    Sam Mills 51 Active Member

    Here's an interesting folo to the story:

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43479572/ns/health-health_care/?GT1=43001

    Everything sounded OK until this:
    He is hoping for a three-year sentence. He would then be able to collect Social Security when he got out and said he would head for the beach.

    "I've already looked at a condominium. I've spoken to a realtor on Myrtle Beach," Verone said.

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    So ... you have no money for health coverage, wish to manipulate the system and then, with no funds, you wish to purchase a condo in a pricey spot like Myrtle Beach?

    Failed the smell test. Big time. You really think Medicare is going to take care of everything? Think again ...
     
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