Intentionally Arrested To Receive Health Care
Ex-convict Frank Morrocco purposely broke the law to get cancer treatment.
…Morrocco, 57, who had previously spent 20 years behind bars, claims that he intentionally shoplifted so that he could go back to prison and receive healthcare, the Buffalo News reports. Suffering from a rare form of leukemia, Morrocco said he had no other way to gain access to the expensive treatment that he needs.
On Nov. 26, Morrocco stole about $23 worth of items from a Wegmans in Amherst, N.Y., making sure the act was obvious to both store employees and customers. He was arrested and later charged for shoplifting and violating his parole…
The Affordable Care Act may put an end to this desperation. Under the Obama’s healthcare policy, the asset test that prevents patients like Morrocco from gaining coverage will be eliminated. The health care law also provides tax credits to help people buy private health insurance if their incomes are between the federal poverty level, which is $11,170 this year, and four times that amount.