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MALPRACTICE SUITS DRIVE COSTS UP

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The White House, Congress, labor, big business and all other health planners reveal abysmal oversight in not addressing the root cause of soaring medical health-care costs - malpractice suits. This cost is not just the skyrocketing cost of doctors' malpractice insurance, but the billions wasted in unnecessary testing for doctors to protect against these suits. Neither mandatory cost control nor additional taxes solve this problem, which is now spreading to all other segments of our society.

Fewer medical students, droves of doctors retiring early, plus a glumness in hard-working doctors, are all spawned by malpractice suits. This all causes downgrading of medicine to the hurt of all the diseased and ill. As Henry David Thoreau said, "There are thousands hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root." If medicine cured disease like our government proposes to cure medicine, we certainly would not be world leaders in medicine as we are today.Clinton's plan is a basic loss of freedom and liberty for which many of our forefathers have given their lives. Do we value this, our legacy, so cheaply?

Stanford E. Poulson

Salt Lake City