Do you remember the story of Ethan Couch? He’s the rich Texas teenager who got drunk, crashed his car into a group of people on the side of the road, resulting in the deaths of four people while injuring two others–leaving one of them paralyzed. Yet, instead of facing the most extreme penalties from the law, Couch’s lawyers successfully argued that he couldn’t be bear responsibility for the damage he caused because he suffered from “affluenza.” It’s supposedly a disorder in which people are so rich, they just don’t know right from wrong.
Couch is serving 10 months probation, which requires treatment. But who exactly is paying for this treatment?
Couch’s parents will have to pay $1,170 per month. A placement officer said the actual cost of Vernon State Hospital is $715 per day. This means that they’ll be paying for less than two days of every month their son is there. The rest will come from the state mental health care budget.
The officer told News 8 that the hospital requires families to pay on a sliding scale.
Couch’s parents were back in court Friday morning to sign off on their share of their son’s mental health treatment costs.
Texas taxpayers will pay for majority of Couch’s rehab, even though the parents could afford to pay the entire bill.
I always hear about how it’s the poor–or the 47% of Americans–who believe in free things and want everything handed to them without earning it. The poor are the ones who refuse to take responsibility for their lives and leave it to the rest of us to pay for their sloth.
What the hell is this?
If anything, it’s the rich who get special treatment whenever they fail in life. It’s the rich who get things handed to them whenever they act irresponsible (think 2008 Wall Street bailout). Thousands and thousands of Americans go to prison for minor drug possession, while major multi-national bank HSBC allows Latin American drug cartels to launder billions of dollars, and yet no one is prosecuted or goes to jail.
Such is life, I suppose.
Do you think the judicial system would’ve been as lenient had Ethan Couch been, let’s say, a 17-year poor black kid? You know the answer to that question.