Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Rob a bank, get medical attention

I heard about this news story yesterday:

A man went into a bank. When he got to the teller, there was a note handed to the teller. The gist of it was, "This is a holdup. Give me $1 dollar and medical attention." The man then calmly waited for the police to come and arrest him. He is now sitting in jail awaiting his doctor's appointment.

The "bank robber" is in a situation similar to mine about a year ago. Like myself, he had recently lost a job after being there for 17 years. And like me, he had a hard time finding another job, and he wouldn't get one paying like the job he lost and he definitely wouldn't have the benefits of the job he was forced to leave behind. He had to take a job in a convenience store, one he couldn't handle some of the physical demands of. He had to leave that job and also needed some medical attention. He couldn't afford to go to the doctor and that's what lead him to his "bank robbery."

Now before you say that he could have gone to a free clinic, think about this: Most free clinics are only open one or two days a week, and the line to get in one is very long, and the services are limited. Many folks who find themselves on the street are middle aged folks and not quite old enough for medicare. And the only thing "Obamacare" has done so far is raise the cost of medical care to those who can afford it. If it does anything, it will be a few years up the road.

Although my health care costs are higher than two years ago, I still have benefits at my new job. I'm one of the lucky ones, I have a job I can do sitting down most of the day, although I do make $6 dollars less per hour than I did 2 years ago. I don't have as desperate as the man who robbed a bank for medical attention.

6 comments:

WZZP said...

A very well written and rational post!

Michelle said...

Very sad.

makes me frustrated and angry too. Our socities are de-volving not evolving when we lose our compassion for each other.

Inspector Clouseau said...

This news story had such depth to it, and most did not recognize its significance. You apparently do.

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Michelle said...

Wonderful post Cliff. It's a sad situation to be in and nobody deserves to be treated that way. Everyone has been struggling for the most part and I wish we could get a more stable economy already.

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