The Atchison Daily Globe from Atchison, Kansas on February 3, 1977 · Page 4
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Atchison, Kansas
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Thursday, February 3, 1977
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Page i - XAl'GATUCK NEWS IConn.) Thursday, June 10,1916 kfnW Baity J '' * Published Every Kvraing iKxcepl Sundaysand Holidays' by Sty Numjatutk Nnim (Cur p. \KWS Building- ^5 W»l?r Street, \augaluf k..t'onn nK"ii__ Telephone 729-2228. 729-2229 and 7292220 -• All Department ,,d n«ss j'osugf f aid allhf I'oslimicf in SangaHicK imiifClicuiniiMil Daily l>y Mail in Isl and2ml I'oslal /ones One Year , Six Monlhs 46 M 23.40 Three Monlhs One Month 12.00 4.00 Member United Press imcrnational: American^r I'uW.shers- N.K.I>aily Newspaper Assn.; Conn Daily Newspapers Assn. MemhiTol Audil lluri'auoK'irculatioris. It Could Happen Here More and more these days we run across headlines that tell us this or lhat foreign government has taken another privately- owned industry away from Us owners and started to run it like just another governmenl service. The normal reaction to this sort of thing is that "It can't happen here!" But can it? More and more our government is mixing into American business anil industry. More and more government agencies are telling business and industry what they can and cannot do and requiring reports (usually in triplicate or quadruplicate) on this or that aspect of a firm's operations. More and more there seems to be an anti-business attitude in Washington that disturbs us. There seems to be some sort of a grudge, in certain areas of our legislative machinery, against American free enterprise. Free enterprise has given the American people more choices and more chances than any other tconomic system in history has been able to offer. The free market his given the American people 200; years of world-record growth and .progress. ' - f*r,' t'-'Alid alhfbUglrthe'Uniter} State's^ has only^seven per cent of the.; world's land area and 5.5 per cent of the world's population, this country today produces more than one-quarter of [the world's goods and services. In this Bicentennial Year it might be apropos to check out the everyday freedoms which we as Americans enjoy, for instance: Freedom to choose from thousands of jobs and careers; freedom to choose between public and private education; freedom to look for work anywhere in the United States; freedom to change jobs or pursue new careers; freedom to save and invest in private banks and businesses; freedom lo choose from an unparalleled variety of goods and services, all of them provided by American private enterprise. These are things which we firmly believe could not have been provided under any other system—but there is no doubt lhat there are many wjio would disagree with us. A government-planned economy simply cannot measure up. We "have only to look toward Soviet Russia and Red China (and a host of other totalitarian and repressive governments in smaller countries) to learn the truth. Has anybody any idea how many "Five Year Plans" have been tried—and have failed—in Russia since the Bolshevik revolution? Yel this is government-planned economy, where a few people do the thinking for the many. Would anyone in his right mind swap what we have here in the United States for what Russia has to TprofletT.?'?, ?, ' ",7. ' >*• - *<'Ovt& Irees/enterprise economy, fosters .freedom and lets it work, whereas an economy overloaded with regulations and controls eventually must destroy these freedoms. We venture to suggest that while this is the Bicentennial Year, it is also a nalional election year. The wise American will be guided in casting his vote by looking to support those candidates whose philosophy supports our proven system of free enterprise. The Over-Medicating Of America By Ralph de Toledano WASHINGTON (KFS) - Senator Edward Kennedy, \vho cares greatly himself, is said to be concerned lhal leading Democralic Presidential candidates aren'l sufficiently committed lo nalional health insurance. Mosl Americans may nol fully appreciate the magnitude of the Massachusetts Senator's own commil- ment. If anything, il is over-sufficienl. He proposes to do for national health insurance what the pharaohs of Egypt did for pyramids: build the biggesl, and never mind the expense. By Congressional Budget Office estimates, which Kennedy himself freely cites, enactment of Ihe • Corman-Kennedy bill would boosl Ihe lolal of public and private U.S. Health outlays from $118 billion a year in 1975 to somewhere between $217 and $273 billion a year by 1981 (a whopping Idto 12 per cent of Ihe expecled Gross National Product!. Is America ready for a "Medical- Industrial Complex"? Back in theSO's and W's. spending 10 per ccnl of the GXP on defense built Ihe so-called '•Military- Industrial Complex." Ten per cenl can do il again in (he health field. Doubters are directed to a stmJy entitled "New Directions in Public Health Care" jusl released by the California-based Institute for Contemporary Studies. One chilling chapter on long-term costs suggests that the Corman-Kennedy program would rcsull in an estimated 277 per cent increase in physicians' fees, producing an average physician's income of $168,000 in the first year! The'Worried Well" Yet another detailed economic projection of nan'onal health insurance has been put together by Arthur D. Little, Inc., consultant firm neighbors of Senator Kennedy up Cambridge, Massachusetts way They argue that once initial impact had subsided, the average demand in primary medical care would rise by 30 per cet.l Most new demand would come from the hypochondriac ranks of the "worried well." WithM five or six years, nationwide health care costs would virtually double. The problem is simple. Almost by THE DAUGHTERS* Isabella will hold Its regular meeUng on ipvlav June 15 at 7 p m. in (he All Purpose Room ol St, francis U£»*. In urged «o attend tbU last reeling of the year. BIRTHDAY GREETINGS go out today to Helen Brody of 136 High S. Hope youhave a very happy daymen and many morelo come. PATRICIA E. EVllOX. daughter ol Mrs. Bertha Emm of 490 SprngSfr«t graduated from Hartford College for Women at cZmenLent'exerctses hetd on May 29. She W » awarded .he degree of Associate in Arts. _ LINDA A. r-ALLON, 40 Nixon Avc. received a Master's ; degree an Business Administration at the commencement exercises held recently at the University of Notre Dame. CONGRATULATIONS TO Debra Ann Huginls who made the Dean's Listbher freshman yearal Bryant College. BELATED ANNIVERSARY greetings to Lois and Ed Gerber who celebrated the happy occasion yesterday. Many happy returns of (he day lo both of you and rna y you en joy m a ny more. No-Nonsense Insurance Czar Trying To Keep Costs In Line "Like a Rood neighbor. Slate added that by running a "lighter about 1.600.000 subscribers, or Farm is there." those television ship" in this respect. Blue Cross about half of Connecticut s commercials keep saying, but would be setting a good example residents. About IB per cent 01 it's no longer true in Connecticut in connection with the nearly Ihe Blue Cross customers are in- n «p i , aU valerb U r^...Alsosomeonesa IaS umtuu,,5^j.-»." following a ruling by Stale In- 1200 million in billings by dividual* nol fortunate enough to MrlMav ™ sh for Kathy's sister, Sheila, who reached Ihe del,ght(u. surance Commissioner Jay W. member hospitals, for board and be parl ol a group plan ana ag( , o| ^...congratulations. Sheila!.... Jackson. ancillary services, charged therefore do not get the same Commissioner Jackson ruled, against Blue Cross. °°"a r ™\ w lor . thelr > nsurance effective May 1. that because as group participants do. THE PIIOFESSIONAL and Business Singles Club will hold its monthly dinner dance at Candle«ood Inn. D.nbury, Saturday. June 12 starting at 7 p.m. NEIGHBORS and friends are wishing a speedy recovery for Kalhy Mullen ol Cold Spring Circle, presently a patient at SI. Mary s Hospital, Walerbury....Also someone said something about a belated DAVE AND JACKIE GRANDE are observing their ninth wedding eneciive may l, inai uet-duat -- &•—r r-."—r~----- . Slale Farm had "reneged" on a IMPRESSED by his more re- Last year, for a,united period anniversary loday....Best wishes.... ,. . , i_;i_ . ,, ._ ,!_•_ __t :j _ Ulna Prncc nlforfui an PYfPtl£m •-••••_•-_• •••.v. 1 ,•---•--.-.-.•.v.v.v.v :-•'•'•••-'•'•'-'• old ic r ai in iitJti icutgi." uji M iiTir iM.'JiJi-'i-' "j '"•* MIV«*. •*• • ] ' ,, , \i t promise to sell new automobile cent efforts, this column paid a Blue Cross offered an excellent policies to Connecticut visit to the hard-working, plan lor individuals Direct Pay residents State Farm's auto energetic. 44-year-old insurance Special Plan 100 (DPSP 1001. policies held by out-of-state commissioner, who is an at- which pays for semi-private drivers will no longer be torney and former stale senator rooms for 70 days, plus ancillary accepted here as proof of finan- from West Hartford. services, subject lo a SlOOdeduc- cial responsibility. Allhough it is the largest aulo insurer in the nation. State Farm no longer is writing car policies in Ihe Connecticut area because, i! is claimed, it is "not set up to cover the area." Jackson responds by saying that Slale Farm, a giant firm which has boasted the lowest rates in lhe Slale. should have moved lo expand, not cease, its 'fSi'tat 'insurance business in ^'".Connecticut. Nol doing so. in his •opinion, constituted "cream"- skimming." He ruled thai il Stale Farm would not sell its less profitable car insurance here, it also could not continue to sell new fire, home owner or life insurance policies. The monthly cost was for family coverage. "« " ''' . • ' \ While DPSP idO was not com- I ,Ot1flfirnCUlP arable lo ? rou P coverage. V^Wllll^^Ll^Lll. whjch provide ,. 485 dajs o[ semi- Small Car Market Swings Like Pendulum a vasi nnu^v^,,.^,. u... previous plans offered to in- nature, government health care systems promote overconsumption. People are made to feel lhal going to a doctor's office is a right, no malter how petty the ailment. (Believe it or not, one-lhird of British Health Service patients arrive seeking Irealmenl for the incurable common cold!) Alas, such overconsumplion always winds up costing more than the politicians expecled. In Britain, the cost of Ihe Nalional Health Service has climbed from $1 billion a year in 1951 to $5 billion a year in 1969 and "about $11 billion a year today. Germany now spends $23 billion a year, over 10 per cent of Ihe GNP. Increasinglystrapped for cash, national health services from Canada to western Europe are trying to save money by closing hospitals, using cheaper equipment and setting up waiting lists for operations. A vicious cycle is becoming apparent: Delerioration of services follows cost pressures which follow expansion of demand. TheHumanFaclors Confronlcd with these arguments and problems, nalional health insurance ad- vocales asserl the human factors. They usually make a poignant case: Many people requiring health care either can'l af fort what they have to pay or aren't even gelling needed attention. But while tragic individual examples abound, are they representative? According to Charles E. Phelps of Ihe Rand Corporation another contributor to Ihe Institute for Contemporary Studies analjsis, the Federal Medicaid program has already spread heavy utilization of medical care into all income groups. In l?73, for example, Ihe most inl ensiv: users of medical services were person! wilh incomes under 13,000 a year. Persons with incomebetween$3-7,000 a year came next. Much ol Ihis (as Ihe British experience would indicate) is misuse of resources. In fact, so much of il is that Doctors Donald YldteryandJamesEries, authors of a new booli "Take Care of Yourself: A Consumer's Guide lo Medical Care", sllege lhat even now, without national health irsurance, "in our nalional Cjuesl tor a sj-mptom-free existence, as many as 70 per cent of our visits to (he doctor have been termed unnecessary." Talk about By EUWAIU) S. LECHT/1X supply lines and lead limes U1>I Auto Writer lhan lhe domestic automakers. DETROIT (UPI) - Everyone have an even greater problem wnicn provides q» oavs m semi- assuraes sraa ll car sales are in judging future markets, •private room coverage, ancillary tf (his A| | easl| tha f 5 slowing lhe chronic boom and •services and no deduclible. for ^^ lfe |arge dealer anj hust atmosp |,e r e of lhe foreign ,- inventories would car marketers is one of lhe indicate. reasons Volkswagen of Germa- uuv u ie fact is small cars - ny and Volvo of Sweden plan to Blue Cross soueht a 25 per cent at least the domestic varieties, build cars in this counlry in' se" this g pbn a^hough - are atave-Jheir yea, "The,- marke, f swrngs J»ck its statistics warranted only a 15 ago levels..0nly.s a l e s of-. Ihe-, -and ,'orth l.kcfnpM»fc per cent increase, in Jackson's small foreign models are lower. Bourke says. A few years ay> opinion The end result is lhal Then what's all the fuss we were experiencing a rcla- DPSP 100 no longer is offered, about? lively steady increase in small « although those who bought il Through mosl of lhe winter, car sales. Then Ihe oil embargo •mMcCalhm originally have been able to keep automakers were building pushed small cars way ahead il in force. small cars to meet sales they of Iheir normal trend and lhe In the area of commercial in- The only allernalive now Bought would be even higher recession kepi them there, surance companies. Jackson available to individuals is Direct rj,an last year's unmet demand "This year, lhe sharp eco- THE COMMISSIONER'S serves mostly as an overseer Pay Plan 30 (DP 301 which [ or ^ e economy models. The nomic upturn and surprisingly ACTION followed anolher far- who has no authority to set or covers ancillary- services but (j eman d never materialized and low gasoline prices slowed the reaching decision in which the control rates, except in man- pa ys only J30 a day toward a lhe sma n car share of the very small cars," he said, "but insurance chief, as of Dec. 22. dated areas such as the assigned hospital room, which hardly is mari(el dandled. luxury and sporty smalls are 1S75 approved a 15 per cenl risk pool. He makes certain thai adequate coverage when the cost vrtlliam 0. Bourke, executive really moving and the now- Conneclicul Blue Cross rale in- lhe companies live up to the fine O f semi-private rooms is creep- vj(;e p resj( j enl f or j^orih Arneri- increasing cost ol gasoline crease for small groups Ifrom print in their contracts and ing toward lhe SlOO-a-day. — can au t 0 molive operations, should spark more interest in three to M employees) but al Die maintain adequate reserves. Ford Motor Co explains: the subcomuacts." same time ordered Blue Cross to But he has no control, other WE ASKED a spokesman lor .,„ .. submit a 1976 budget within 25 lhan lhe power o! senile persua- Blue Cross why CMS can provide davs that would reflect a total in- sion. over commercial rates and the same benefits lo individuals ------ --- ,. • crease in administrative ex- policy cancellation practices, and group members at a small ™°™*™ 1 *°' °- buvinR cars penses of no more than 5.75 per Complaints from those whose cost differential. The answer our custoners ar buyin gears bint as compared to the pro- policies suddenly are cancelled was lhat ihere is over-ulilization - although not as many of we ieced 2 9 per cent increase pmir into his office and. while of benefits by individuals, while least expensive models as we The ruling on the expenses of manv seem particularly unfair, group members take the good projecled earlier in the vear Blue Cross was followed on Feb. the 'Commissioner cannot re- wilh the bad risks. The small car market peaked 11 ol Ihis vear bv the release of a quire reinstatement. Jackson Jackson now is awaiting action in lhe first four months ol isio, two-vearaudii required by state also has no time to play a con- by next year's Legislature on a with 55.5 per cent o! sales. In statutes II contained some sumer advocate role as in- proposed Connecticut Health the first four months of 1976, sharp criticism of the non-profil surance commissioners in Care Plan which will mandate ihat fell lo 47.5 per cenl. corporation's JU million ad- several other siales do. releas- |h e availability of Jl million That 8 point difference minislralive budgel. zeroing in ing lists of the companies that coverage wilh deductibles. by all am ounts to close to 75,000 sales on expense account items that charge the lowest rates in health insurance carriers, in- | ha t automakers figured would included taking wives on various insurance categories, or eluding Blue Cross and CMS. At (^ sma i| cars . That's what unnsn explorer air nenry business trips, payment of a comparing benefits. lhal lime, new rates for lhe cause( i |h e problem as Detroil Stanley was torn June ID, 1841. countrv club membership, lhe . "Blues" will be considered by , ried , 0 raeet suddenly higher On Ihis day in history: leasing of cars for executives IN THE AREA of the "Blues . the Commissioner. demand for larger models while and pavment of over $80.000 in as he refers to Blue Cross and As lo lhe reason why Blue ....... leeal expenses lo lhe law firm of lhe Connecticut Medical Service Cross and CMS have nol merged a director of lhe corporation. (CMSl. Jackson has more con- their operalions. as has been the Jackson indicated strongly his Irol in being able lo approve case in other slates, with some belief that the J14 million ei- rates, but even in this area he obvious savings. Ihis will be oui- pense budgel must be pared by feels frustrated. lined in a future Spotlight at least a million dollars, and Blue Cross and CMS have column. , The Almanac By United Press International Today is Thursday, June 10, lhe 162nd day of 1976 with 2W to follow. The moon is approaching its full phase. The morning stars are Mercury, Venus and Jupiter. The evening stars are Mars and Saturn. Those born on Ihis date are under the sign of Gemini. British explorer Sir Henry A Matter Of Time In 1898. U.S. Marines began was planning to build more Uie invasion or Cuba in the nail cars. Spa rush-American War. "We have to set our basic In 1942, Ihc German Gestapo schedules and order burned lhe liny Czech village of nd components about Lidice after shooting 173 men three months before the car and shipping women and rolls off the assembly line," children lo concentration Bourke said. camps. "If the market swings in In 1972, more lhan 200 were those three months, there isn't killed in fiash floods in the much we can do but build the Rapid City area of South By ERIK VAN EES prompted a spurt in guerrilla leader ' of the Mozambique, ctTTcnupv Rhr^«ia nrpn ariivitv Ttie Mav casualty lol based [mutant wing ot we - S KM d SSSS ~^^^^^£^ £±~ESr §il - '-, ,he r^efeuer moves quickly lo reopen peace IN guerrillas kHl«I -^madjrt ^J^g^*^"™ Compacts - lhe Novas and Commission reeled thai the ^r«^ rgat rLEii: ?«ri^ SE : «££»£&£; ^=1^ -ni 12%z^ WE.jj-u*.j£ X£™ "~ ---rr«s zsz r^ : lime, the latest African nation and said only ^Itarm said ^command ^^^aren't huflin6 ^ indhi(luals and <*»«• i monlhs of up with the support of neighboring Moiambique - to lead insurlenis inflating into Rhodesia, has a*ded new urgency to lhe need to settle the country's political future. Rhodesia's nationalist move- menl. the African National Council, tried in March to reach agreement with Smith but he rejected Iheir demands for black ruJewithii, two years. Smith said he would not have rule by the 6.1 «D»»M«A majority imposed on Rhodesia's 775,000 whites but was wUhng lo discuss increased black participation in government over a period of 10 to 15 years, The collapse of pace talks Machel of Mourn- b que, Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia and Sir Seretse Kham a of Botswana - have become increasingly impatient al the slow pace of developments^ Ust month, Prendent Kaun- da said ".he fight U on and there is no way out as far as to (Rhodesian) regime i> concerned - instead o peace- (u! change : there to war/' L, an effort to hasten the d«aWl A the Smllh govert- mal |, .Mozambique's Frdimo )e ato helped Ml up the » m>n goerrill* high comman packing it with men unwilling to negotiate with Smith. Bishop Abel Muzorewa, a guern las P 0 """ 1 '"",', <***" ' UH shareo , e market was around , CQmnar •.,, d "" ° e cm lite Muslan g n ar d GM's Firebird and Camaro were up the lime : t« mon W mo,™ < _ se curity also gives secumy ^ cent aUhough ur re of the market has ureir eign cars are off t primarily reHecting s i eri ng of European-bmlt °^ uemn8 v , imDOrters wi ,h i onge r Y ' "-NTERT REJECTED N™ BRITAIN, Conn. (UP,, - Tra »ic and parking prob- ^s, as well as possible noise pollution for lhe nearby hos- ^'. ^ the park board (o vote ^ to refuse rmj 'P^nger John Sebastian to h>W a concert July 16. A 3-3 lie wle was broken by acting ^^ c ^ «•» said an estimatedVowd of 10,000 would "create too many Problems." Sponsors said it would be a free concert and w °uld probably cause few problems.

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