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Couple Jump to Their Deaths in Fear of GOP Healthcare Bill
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30 Jul 2017 10:58 PM EST

-by Chanel Adams, Staff Writer; Image: Sen. Mitch McConnell (Image Source: Public Domain)

A Manhattan couple jumped from a 17-story building on Friday morning. The couple is struggling with debt and is fearful of the GOP healthcare bill.

Chiropractor Glenn Scarpelli, 53, and his wife Patricia, 50, are the victims in this suicide. They lived near Wall Street with their two children, Isabella, 20, and Joseph, 18. They traveled to Manhattan, after Glenn's chiropractic practice closed, to commit suicide together. They jumped from the ninth-floor office around 5:45 a.m. and died as they hit the asphalt of East 33rd Street, near Madison Avenue.

Authorities arrived at the scene and covered their bodies with white sheets. They shut down the entire street to investigate. The couple left behind suicide notes enclosed in a Ziploc bag. The parts of the notes talk about their "financial spiral." A photo of one of the notes was obtained by the New York Post. They asked for their two children to be cared for and looked after, law enforcements told the outlet.

Glenn was found with the suicide note in his pocket. "WE HAD A WONDERFUL LIFE," it was typed out on a white piece of paper. His wife also carried a suicide note in her pocket that read, "in sum and substance," according to an inside source. "Our kids are upstairs, please take care of them."

"Patricia and I had everything in life," Glenn's note began. It also talked about the couple's "financial spiral" and how "we can not [SIC] live with" the "financial reality," sources revealed.

Law enforcement at the scene told The Post that they believe the couple struggled with health care costs. But according to an NYPD spokesperson, there was no mention of such struggles in the notes. Another source revealed that the couple was simply in debt and struggled to stay afloat.

However, another source said that one of the notes included the words, "We both have medical issues, we just can't afford the health care."

According to the Daily Mail, Scarpelli had a history of financial problems. He was pursued for dozens of tax liens by federal and city authorities since 1998. He failed to pay back a federal loan for an advanced medical degree in 2013. He reportedly failed to make payments over the past decade. Public records revealed that Glenn owed $213,000 to the federal government and $42,000 to the state in unpaid taxes dating back to 2003.

Despite their struggles, the couple was able to send their two children to private school, the Loyola School on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Tuition for the Jesuit Catholic school is $8,095 for the current year of 2017. In addition, both parents were actively involved with the school while their children attended, and even took part in organizing its annual benefit gala.

The suicide came after Senate Republicans attempted to reject a bill that would repeal the Affordable Care Act, known as "Obamacare." Some GOP senators, including John McCain, broke rank and voted against the bill. Other details in this case have not be disclosed.

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