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Bill Belk just needs a little health insurance

In the bizarro case of Mecklenburg Judge Bill Belk, nothing would come as a major shocker. Especially after the Charlotte businessman defeated the judge who ruled against him in his divorce case, had confrontations with fellow judges, and received a letter from the N.C. Judicial Standards Commission recommending his suspension.

One of the major problems cited by the Judicial Standards Commission is Belk’s refusal to resign from all of his corporate boards.

Belk responded by stepping down from all of the boards except Sonic Automotive. His reason for remaining on that board? According to the Charlotte Observer:

In documents filed Friday, Belk also said the reason he has declined to resign from the Sonic Automotive board is because he suffers from “pre-prostate cancer” and needs the health care coverage.

“Giving up health insurance … is like putting a gun to my head,” he wrote.

Do district court judges not get health coverage? Anyway, if a judge with the last name Belk (he is the grandson of the founder of the Belk department store chain) is risking his job because he is so desperate for health insurance, it should tell us something about the desperation of average people across North Carolina.

14 Comments

  1. James

    May 4, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    What a freakin’ mess. Are you sure his name isn’t “Bilk”?

  2. Adam Linker

    May 4, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    Not much of an endorsement for judicial elections.

  3. James

    May 4, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    Maybe a poster child for reform. There’s nothing like a sleazy bad guy to focus public opinion.

  4. Aftercancer

    May 4, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    If he’s got anything with the word cancer in it he’s going to be paying significantly higher premiums but he can get his own private insurance. Just like the rest of us schlubs.

    The quote for private insurance for a 40 year old breast cancer survivor? When I found one company that would consider me the least expensive policy was $1,400 dollars with a 50% co pay. Just FYI.

  5. Adam Linker

    May 4, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    I have no doubt that the guy would pay a ton for insurance — if, that is, judges don’t get insurance. Certainly, if he mentions cancer his rates skyrocket. Heck, maybe he’ll even become a crusader for universal coverage now.

    I can only imagine the deductible that went along with that $1,400 premium.

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  7. Gerry

    May 4, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    If you read the documents you will find that his “problem” is that the State Health plan covers retirees after five years of state service and Belk’s CURRENT term as district judge is just four years. The “gun to his head” is not that he will not get health care from the State, but that he won’t get it for life. He would have to get re-elected. Of course, if he ends being covered after his four year term, I think he can get COBRA continuation coverage for 36 months and by then he will be eligible for Medicare, I believe.

    I am not quite sure how he figures he would be a Sonic director for life, so little of this makes any sense to me.

  8. Fed Up LCSW

    May 4, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    He claims to have “pre-prostate cancer” whatever that means–is it like being “pre-pregnant” or “pre-stupid”? And I understand that the Sonic health angle is bogus as they do not offer health coverage. He needs a mental status examination by a board certified psychiatrist PDQ.

  9. Progresso1776

    May 4, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    Come now. We Progressives pride ourselves for being open minded and rational, objective and wholistic in our thinking. Lets look at the w h o l e story, shall we?

    #1. BILL BELK WAS ELECTED. He was chosen by the people because he was the only person who was outing the rampant and bodacious a la carte shennanigans served up by the flunkie judges (former employees) of James McElroy & Deihl. Judge Todd Owen’s campaign headquarters is listed as 600 S. College Street, Charlotte NC. Hmmmmmmm…something rings a bell…oh, wait! That’s the law firm adress of James, McElroy & Deihl.

    Ben Thalheimer, a former JMD goon was handing down rulings to JMD attorneys faster than Tim Geitner handed Congress an ammended billion, jillion, trillion bailout increase.

    Think of JMD as Goldman Sachs. Its all in the family. Bill Bizarro Belk has the guts to tell it like it frigging is, period. Cancer or no cancer. Insurance or no insurance. Drama or no drama. The guy has balls. Refreshing. Progressive. Patriotic.

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  11. Gerry

    May 5, 2009 at 11:03 am

    I was wrong. COBRA coverage is 18 months, not 36 months. If Bill Belk served four years on the district court then took his 18 months, he would be 44 days short of qualifying for Medicare. OH NO!!!!

  12. AdamL

    May 5, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    Progresso, I don’t know much about Belk. But it does say something about the health care crisis when a well-to-do judge can’t find insurance.

  13. clt paralegal

    September 10, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    Progresso,

    You’re ignorant. He was elected based on his NAME. He isn’t qualified to be a judge.

    Thalheimer worked for JMD for a BRIEF, less than a year, period of time – was it 13 years ago? He was an excellent judge, is becoming an excellent attorney and is an upstanding citizen. His morals are not of question, he wouldn’t ‘hand’ anything to anyone.

    Belk is not patriotic. The other Judges of Mecklenburg County, Bell, Trosch, McThenia, Chapman, Mann, Constangy, they are patriotic. They do their part in this community, they are excellent citizens and judges.

    Belk will never hold a flame to any of them, Thalheimer included.

  14. Scot

    November 2, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    If anyone knows how to get in touch with Mr. Belk PLEASE forward my e-mail address ( lndbrkr@hotmail.com ) to him. I had to leave the state because JMD and the judges that cater to them. URGENT