Just What the Doctor Ordered? Or the Judge?
In his post, “Health care and Buddhist Monastics” on September 4, 2009, Mr. Cassidy expounds on the health care debate, and how he became homeless after suffering a heart attack in 2006. In his words,
“As regular readers of this blog already know, I became progressively very ill and finally suffered a near fatal heart attack in 2006. This was a life-changing event in several respects, not the least of which was the financial impact. During this period, I was hospitalized over 70 times. Almost overnight, I went from being comfortably retired to utter poverty and homelessness. Yes — homelessness: something which I thought was impossible, but which came to me like a flash, and was due to no other cause but health care costs — an unbelievable USD $1.2 million at one point.”
That sounds awful, doesn’t it? It is more likely that Mr. Cassidy was ruined financially when he committed crimes of assault and arson against his wife, had to resign from his position as mayoral aide in Nevada in 2001, and subsequently served much of 2003 in prison. Perhaps the real reason he was without health insurance at the time of his heart attack in 2006 is because he was violating the terms of his probation, having fled the state, and was in hiding from law enforcement at the time. He was re-arrested in 2008 for violation of his probation and served out his term until early 2009. In any case, as an indigent, it is unlikely that Mr. Cassidy had to pay for his healthcare bills. More likely, the State of California picked up Mr. Cassidy’s tab.