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Old 06-20-2011, 09:43 PM   #1
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I'm sure this will make more headlines and blogs soon, so get ready for lots of comments: Man Turns to Crime for Prison Health Care - NYTimes.com

I guess the trick is to commit a crime with a near certain short enough sentence to get you treated/cured then you are on your way to a secure retirement.
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Old 06-20-2011, 09:47 PM   #2
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Hey, why not, the insurance companies have been robbing us long enough. Sounds like a good idea and they feed ya too.

Just thinking, it may be a good way to save for ER also. Let your money grow while the govt. takes care of you.
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Old 06-20-2011, 09:52 PM   #3
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This reminds me of a similar event that happened years ago. A sickly, elderly man was turned over by her daughter for a crime that he committed years ago. I suspected at that time that the motive is the healthcare and free board and lodging.
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Old 06-20-2011, 10:01 PM   #4
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North Carolina has a high risk pool with premium assistance for those with low incomes. I guess he didn't explore that option.
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Old 06-21-2011, 06:35 AM   #5
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Hey, why not, the insurance companies have been robbing us long enough.
+1, I was going to say that too!

I'm glad that I don't have to do anything illegal to get "free at the point of service" healthcare, I just have to return to the UK
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Old 06-21-2011, 06:45 AM   #6
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+1, I was going to say that too!

I'm glad that I don't have to do anything illegal to get "free at the point of service" healthcare, I just have to return to the UK
As long as you don't mind waiting 6 months for that MRI...
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Old 06-21-2011, 06:56 AM   #7
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As long as you don't mind waiting 6 months for that MRI...
Yeah sorry I went of topic there.......

They say crime doesn't pay, but given the cost of healthcare it could be worth $5k or $10k a year in premiums. Of course there would be a few downsides.
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Why didn't he go to a free clinic ?
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I'm sure this will make more headlines and blogs soon, so get ready for lots of comments: Man Turns to Crime for Prison Health Care - NYTimes.com
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Old 06-22-2011, 10:14 PM   #9
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The prison system is increasingly a for profit enterprise. If he thinks he's going to be guaranteed treatment, he may be in for a surprise.
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At least this guy is smart enough to get some free health care. Free health care for everyone!!!!
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Old 06-23-2011, 01:54 PM   #11
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Plus free lodging & food, don't need a car either, this guy is going to banking some serious $.
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Old 06-23-2011, 02:00 PM   #12
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Last I heard this guy's plans for jail time and free health care weren't going too well. Since he only robbed the place of $1, he's been charged with larceny (a misdemeanor) not bank robbery (a felony and a federal offense). Looks like even if convicted he will not serve much time and therefore won't be eligible for much free medical care.

The Associated Press: Attorney: Man robbed bank for health care benefits
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Rather than committing a crime I'd become a monk, the contemplative life is appealing.......just need a little faith
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I saw the article yesterday or the day before and I thought that it would be a good starter for a thread but I just got back into town and never got around to it.
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I was joking with my aunt a few eeks ago. She's 59 and has no savings and concerned about being able to retire. I told her she could rob a bank. If you get away with it, retirement's funded. If you don't you get 3 meals, a place to rest your head, and free health care. It's a win, win. I guess I wasn't the only one thinking that way.
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Old 06-23-2011, 10:05 PM   #16
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Hey, why not, the insurance companies have been robbing us long enough.
yes, but who funds the prisons? That's right, you and I with our tax dollars. This has absolutely nothing to do with getting back at the insurance companies.
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Old 06-24-2011, 08:54 AM   #17
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yes, but who funds the prisons? That's right, you and I with our tax dollars. This has absolutely nothing to do with getting back at the insurance companies.
Imagine the looks on these "criminals" seeking a free social safety net in jail if the judge could issue four hard smacks from a Singapore canning expert and then sent back to their home instead!
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Old 06-24-2011, 09:08 AM   #18
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The prison system is increasingly a for profit enterprise. If he thinks he's going to be guaranteed treatment, he may be in for a surprise.


Not sure about he state he lives in, but I remember a controversy about a year or so ago about a man in California who had a heart condition and needed to have a heart transplant... he was moved to the front of the line for some reason... and the state HAD to pay as the courts have ruled that it is cruel and unusual punishment not to give health care if you are locking someone up.... I would think it is the same in other states....


Now that I wrote this down, I do remember hearing about someone who was released from prison because the cost of doing something was high... and he had served most of his sentence... very fuzzy on this... that is all I can remember....
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