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I read about this a couple of days ago. It occurred in the town right next to me. Can't blame him for taking advantage of what the system allows.
 

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Anyone thinking they're going to get health care in a US jail better think twice. Once in jail, your chances of getting stabbed, raped, or contracting AIDS are greatly increased. An old white guy with no serious prison hardening to prepare him for what to expect is likely to wish he'd kept that note and bought some Alleve to treat his own arthritis.
 

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The Guardian is well-known for its left-wing politics and is running a campaign against the Government's health care reforms. It regards US healthcare as an evil system which is infinitely inferior to our own socialised medicine. So whatever The Guardian writes, that is the background. This story fits well with their narrative.

I'm surprised more old people in the UK don't do the same. A TV in your heated room, 3 meals a day, regular visits, and you are allowed to smoke. Better than many care homes.
 

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it's in a lot of papers, of all political slants.

in NC (and really the US), you have no real privacy.... all your voter information is online, tax records, property records, etc.... and he really doesn't show up anywhere.... not a registered voter in NC (not registered and hasn't voted), no property that he owns (the article says he left his gaston county home... the state doesn't believe he owns it or pays taxes on it though).

Probably a lot more to the story than is being told I'm sure.
 

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The more I think about this one, the more it seems like it was just a staged set up to draw attention to the health care debate.
 

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There is no need to put a partisan spin of any sort on this story. The truth is that the very poor have a better chance of getting healthcare than the underemployed or working poor, but I don't think even that is this guy's issue. Looking at what he allegedly did in order to get a "cozy" cot in prison with some healthcare is not what sane, rational people do when faced with a crisis. The "more to the story" that the Investors article alludes to is that the guy is most likely a long time mental patient, or perhaps an undiagnosed one. I'm as angry as anyone over the buckets of money we spend on care of inmates ( my friend is a nurse at the psych prison, I hear more stories than I want to ), but no one even remotely sane TRIES to get IN.
 
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