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MEDICAL PLAN WOULD BE A DISASTER

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I've just read that President and Hillary Clinton's new health-care proposal would cost $3.6 trillion between 1996 and 2004, when the plan would be fully implemented.

It seems to me quite an irony that the Clinton administration claims to have undertaken health reform largely because the nation could not afford increasing health-care spending. Where exactly is the big savings in this new plan?It's true there is no such thing as a free lunch. But the Clinton price tag seems well out of the range of most American taxpayers. I'd rather see various market reforms (like capping malpractice suit amounts and allowing people to start medical savings accounts) tried before risking our entire economy on this radical plan of Bill and Hillary Clinton.

I practiced medicine 43 years in Spanish Fork and carried many patients for what they could afford to pay. My patients chose me and I learned to love them. I took care of many patients in the Army who had free medical care, but when home insisted on seeing and paying me because they had confidence in their family physician. Government-regulated medical care would be a disaster.

Milo C. Moody, M.D.

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