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CLINTON HEALTH-CARE PLAN STILL LIVES

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Teneille Brown made two statements that are so blatantly false they need to be corrected (Readers' Forum, Aug. 8).

First, "The Clinton plan is deceased." It is not dead. It is alive and well in the Mitchell bill in the Senate and the Gephardt bill in the House. These two bills, just like the Clinton plan, contain all the threats of fines, punishment and imprisonment if doctors and patients don't obey federal mandates. Nothing has changed. The Clinton Democrats want to take care of us. All we have to do is give up our freedom.Brown's second statement, " . . . no chance of passage could exist, due to the partisan and obstructionist tactics of the Republican Party," made me laugh. Has Brown looked at the makeup of Congress lately? The Democrats have majorities in both houses and can pass any bill they want to, even if every Republican in both houses votes against it. If anyone is obstructing Clinton's bill, it is the Democrats. Thank heavens.

I would suggest that Brown look deeply into the true motivation behind much of the Democrats' legislation. The Democrats want more government control of our lives. They want to take away individual freedom and initiative, and Karen Shepherd is right there voting with the Clintons 79 percent of the time.

Linda Draper

Sandy