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Why are needy people have lawyers provided for them?

When they are charged with crimes against the state or another person. But these same people are not provided with medical care when they are dying of a serious disease. The government uses tax money to pay lawyers to defend the needy, but will not pay a Dr. to treat their medical conditions.


Asked by tootoobusy at 7:53 PM on Dec. 12, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • If they go to prison the do get free health care. Free paid by the tax payers anyway
    As for free lawyers, some dufus put it into some amendment of the constitution so now we are stuck with it.

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 8:52 PM on Dec. 12, 2010

  • Because the Sixth Amendment of The Constitution says citizens are entitled to legal representation (among other things in a court of law)! It does not state that we have a right to free health care!!


    Answer by LoriKeet at 8:10 PM on Dec. 12, 2010

  • Usually if they are in the custody of the state/gov. they are given the proper medical care. It's only if they are out on bail that they aren't provided healthcare.

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 7:55 PM on Dec. 12, 2010

  • You do realize that if you are provided a lawyer that your legal fees are tacked onto your fines, sentence, court cost, etc. Those free lawyers aren't free.

    Answer by jesse123456 at 8:26 PM on Dec. 12, 2010

  • To protect their rights. If they are in jeopardy of losing their liberty (freedom) it's imperative that their rights in court be protected. If not, rich folks could commit a crime and just say a poor person did it.

    Answer by admckenzie at 8:01 PM on Dec. 12, 2010

  • I am sorry I am not referring to people in jail or in a correctional intitution. I meant needy people in general. I actually think that the law makers are the lawyers and they are providing work for their fellow lawyers.

    Comment by tootoobusy (original poster) at 8:02 PM on Dec. 12, 2010

  • But the lawyers are the ones that usually write these laws. Why are people provided with this protection but not with medical protection.

    Comment by tootoobusy (original poster) at 8:13 PM on Dec. 12, 2010

  • In our state they are free if you cannot afford them. They do not have to pay the lawyer fees.

    Comment by tootoobusy (original poster) at 8:52 PM on Dec. 12, 2010

  • Tootoobusy, we do have Medicaid, and people with very low incomes can get free medical help. We had to apply for that when DH lost his job last year and he was denied unemployment (can't pay for COBRA with no income) and we lost our insurance. A Legal Aid lawyer helped him to finally collect his unemployment five months later. We have been very down and out over the years - homeless a few times - and we have wonderful safety nets in this country. We are truly blessed. The picture is not as bleak as some would have you believe. There is a great deal of help out there for those who will take the time to fill out the paperwork and go to appointments.

    As for inmates getting medical care, I think it would be unethical to lock someone up and not treat their health problems. We can't treat people inhumanely (no matter what they have done) and still call ourselves a civilized people.

    Answer by Iamgr8teful at 9:07 PM on Dec. 12, 2010