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HEALTH-CARE REFORMS TOO COMPLEX

According to the Associated Press, the Clinton team will attempt to reduce its huge health-care political medicine package to "six warm, fuzzy promotional principles that are hard to argue against." They listed them as "security, simplicity, savings, choice, quality and responsibility." Although there is no place in the Constitution that authorizes such a socialistic power grab over our people, they go forth with their key slogan, "Health Care That's Always There."

Of course, it has been "there" in England and Sweden - and both of these nations are turning away from their compulsory socialized medicine plan.How much security do Canadians enjoy under their nation's system? They are all forced to pay taxes to support it, yet it is available only on paper.

The 250-page outline is hardly an example of simplicity when we consider that our Constitution requires only 12 pages. Pollster Bill McInturff has stated, "The skeptical are demanding its rejection."

A widely challenged assumption is that the creation of state-run health "alliances" will save as much as $238 billion in paperwork. History shows that once a bureaucratic program like this begins, an endless stream of additional costs will follow - hence more taxes to support it.

There will be no choice; all taxpayers will be forced to "contribute." Sen. Phil Gramm insists that this plan will make it "illegal for citizens to go to their own insurance provider even if they are willing to pay for it."

Only by retaining competition in the medical field will quality be assured. An example is the constant cry from some educators for more federal money, stressing "quality" education. Yet from the beginning of federal money and control of education, there has been a parallel decline in quality.

If the interpretation is that it is the government's responsibility to take care of the people, then it follows that government can not take care of anyone without taxing others and exercising control. Have we reached the Roman stage in our American civilization demanding "Bread and Circuses"?

The obvious solution to the health care and many other problems is less federal government and the acceptance of more individual responsibility. Retain our resources in our states and communities, for the government closest to the people is more responsible.

James Franklin Rinehart

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