Seriously Mentally Ill

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By John Stossel

They live on the street, often foraging through dumpsters. Some threaten us. Occasionally, they assault people.

Thousands of mentally ill people cycle in and out of hospital emergency rooms. They strain our medical system, scare the public and sometimes harm themselves.

Most, says DJ Jaffe, are schizophrenic or bipolar and have stopped taking their medication. Jaffe gave up a successful advertising career to try to improve the way America deals with such people.

"John Hinckley shot President Reagan because he knew , not thought, (SET ITAL) knew (END ITAL) that was the best way to get a date with Jodie Foster," Jaffe tells me in my latest internet video collaboration with City Journal.



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