‘Affluenze’ teen’s rehab bill footed by taxpayers
A white teen who killed four innocent people last June during a drunken joy ride in Texas is having his rehab treatment largely funded by the public.
Ethan Couch was spared jail time by a judge after a doctor diagnosed him with “affluenza.” The “condition” is defined as having a sense of entitlement so extreme due to family wealth, that one has no concept of consequence.
“Recently a judge ruled that the teen should be sent to North Texas State Hospital in Vernon. The hospital’s rehab program charges $700 a day, but since it is a partially state-funded institution, Couch’s parents would only be charges $38 per day for their son’s treatment,” Breitbart contributor Kenneth Webster said.
“Thanks to taxpayers, Couch’s rehab bill has been dropped from $438,000 annually to only $13,870.”
Couch’s previous rehab center Newport Academy, gives patients the chance for equine assisted psychotherapy where they can go horseback riding, use a state-of-the-art gy mfacility, take mixed martial arts lessons and get massages.
In addition to the four people he killed while driving his father’s pick up truck after a party, Couch injured 13-year-old Lucas McConnell. His family has filed a civil lawsuit against the Couch family in hopes of a jury trial. Couches legal team has until June 27 to appeal the order, which they plan to do.
Couch got off easy. Is this move an even bigger slap in the face to the families of those lost?
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