I get news feeds from many national newspapers and the Chicago Tribune has just gotten on my nerves.
First it’s the story about the University of Chicago allegedly sending away patients with [wink wink] “nonurgent injuries” who are not able to pay their bills.
Then there’s the recent story titled “Pay tuition or go home” about a high school “send[ing] 100 out the door until bills are resolved”
Since when is it a newsworthy event to expect that people pay for the services they receive? Isn’t the free market concept one of the things that separates our economy from socialism?
“Grocery store tells shoppers ‘Pay for food or starve'”?
“Gas station demands payment for gasoline”?
I have the next headlines:
Tribune tells destitute businesses “Pay For Ads or Go Broke”
or how about
“Tribune refuses circulation to homeless Chicagoans”
Can you believe that the Chicago Tribune would try to coerce money out of struggling businesses and would discriminate against indigent Chicago residents in these tough economic times?