Independent from Long Beach, California on March 15, 1966 · Page 11
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L. A. C. SAYS State Medicare Causes Contusion to their local Bureau of Public Assistance. + .* * BY CONTRAST, the federal Social Security Medicare program ap- gram effective July -1. It is 'unfor- plies only to those who will be 65 'lunate the state plan has been des- years or older on July 1: They must '" ''· ' ' ·'' sign'up by March 31. These older persons will be automatically cov- ,,,, IttANY.RE ADERS · have'called and .written asking about the state "Jviedicare".-program supposed, to be effective March 1--arid the Fed- eral'Social Security Medicare pro-' ighated as Medicare as older people have been signing up for the SS plan. The deadline for,signing : up for the SS. plan is March 31. The er"paying $40 entrance cost, if they readers ask--what is the difference sign up for the second section cov-' e'red.for 60 days' hospital care aft- ihHhe two plans? + ' * * . - . '·· '-THE STATE PLAN is supposed 'to 1 cover about one million Californians--regardless of age--who already are on welfare rolls'and eligi- .tyle for. payment of their medical ,bill to be paid from welfare funds. It is estimated it willcover another ·one million w h o s e incomes are "above the level qualifying' them for 'such aid, but not high enough to coyer expensive medical treatment. It permits these people to choose their hospital and doctors and not :have to use county hospitals as has b.een the policy in most cases. · ,/V There is considerable turmoil over this plan at present.' Hospitals are supposed to be'.paid "reasonable or regular rates." But they have not been adequately informed r as to who will pay the bills. The plan is known as the Casey Bill, iyhich provided these changes. The. Blue Cross is one of the organizations supposed to Administer the : program. Its vice president recent- jy'said, "We've been working day :'ahd night for .45 days to grind out 'regulations to implement the plan. But we are not' going to make it .by, the March I deadline." Any who .^consider themselves eligible for -this "State Medicare" should apply ering doctor bills they will pay .$3 a month and be covered for-80% of their . doctor and some other medical costs -- after paying the first $50 in any year. . · All who are now receiving SS checks have received .cards to be · signed and returned to: their SS office. Those. 65 or older who are not-receiving SS-checks must : go to their local SS office and establish their eligibility. Thousands have put off doing so and therefore have only the b a l a n c e of this month to do it. ' .. * * * CONFUSION o v e r the two. plans could have been avoided had the state presented its program as the "State Welfare Medical Program." The Medicare term has come to be considered as the federal plan covering only the older people. The state : plan should have been more carefully planned so the hospitals, doctors and the people could have been, better informed. But the older people under the Social Security program are eligible on a basis of need regardless of age. In other words, they must take the "means test" to be eligible. . --L.A.C. Death Juries Might Not Be Fair · .NHN1DM4T ElHtmiM All*. EVERY MAN is entitled to an ihv partial'trial and judgment by a jury .of his peers. This is especially true if he is accused of a capital crime.. But what if the very/existence of the death penalty, and the requirement ttiat jurors theoretically approve of it, stacks the jury against the defendant? ·In one of the first.studies ever made of jurors in capital trials, a psycholo-: gist raises a fundamental question about the nature of justice in the majority ; of our states. For his doctoral dissertion, Robert Crosson interviewed 72 residents of Cuyahbga County (Cleveland), Ohio, who had served on criminal court j u r i e s . . . . . . Half "these citizens had served in" cases involving a possible death penalty; .the .others had been rejected' from sitting on such cases because they opposed capital punishment. Crnsson describes the first group as · "death qualified" and the second group as "death scruples." : He found that the DQ jurors were significantly more conservative and less humane than the DS jurors, and the DS jurors seemed to\ be-better' critical thinkers--.better; able to evaluate verbal arguments. , The psychologist suggests that the removal of the death qualification would be a step in the.direction of fairer jury representation -- "which might better serve justice instead of just the prosecutor." To do this, of 'course, would be tantamount to abolishing the death penalty entirely. MEDICINE AND YOU T«M.. MK. n, IH* INDEPENDENT-- P R-J BEIl'SWLD' AN ENGLISH researcher tells in British Medical Journal how he treats thumbsucktng in children. He advises parents to bind a woolly sock on each hand of the child just before bedtime. This should be continued for about six weeks. The dentist may prescribe a mild sedative for the first few nights since . the child probably will be restless. Many children have been cured of the "dentally pernicious habit of thumbsucking," the researcher says. *' * * A NEW oral drug, anginin, that acts against artery-thickening disorders has been reported by Japanese researchers. . So far 'it,has proved effective for two. patients with lameness due to artery disease and for two patients with Buerger's disease, another vascular disorder. ; : , * .* * · HARVARD University : researchers are-attempting to develop a lighted scope that cari.be moved along inside an artery in an endeavor to find fatty patches:. Such.patches are-a form of artery-hardening, and if they could be spotted: early, treatment could be begun sooner. · * * * SUPERIOR results are obtained with a combined drug treatment of fungal infection of the toenails, a , ,. "Ht's. ike only person f know .who, offer reeding about astronomy's ntw horltonf, stilUeels significant!" Newark, N.J., podiatrist remarks. Dr. Bernard I. Schulman recommends that patients take tablets of Fulvicin U/F (uttrafine particles of griseofulvin) and also use Advicin cream at night and Advicin powder in the morning. *. * * THE MOST dangerous time in man's existence? Medical science bag pegged it.to the period between the 20lh week'of \itf in the womb and the end nf the first month after delivery. Authority: Th« .: Committee on Maternal and Child '·· Care of the American Medical Ai- sociation. |l.A.C.'j column, by L. A. Collins OTrier columns, it an expression of opi/iioi arid does rot necessarily reflect considered opinion ol this newspaper.) Sr.. lite personal GEORGE ROBESON Grab the Bridge and Carry It Of f ' . ' T H I E V E S ARE SNEAKY GUYS, right? We all see the thief as a small man in a slim, black eye-mask, just as-- he's pictured in the funny-papers, skulking around in the dark of the roonn, stealing little things. But that isn't always the scene. Often the thief looks like you or like me, and he walks with long strides in the broad daylight, as if he owns the place, and steals big things wbile everybody watches. [, P-T Reporter Bill Hazletet wrote it in a Sunday story. A "see-nothing, say-nothing attitude of citizens," he called it. I know of one case in which a maid in a Bixby Knolls home closed the drapes so that she would see no more- of a daylight burglary in progress next door. · : But there is an attitude of disbelief on the part nf -citizens that allows the -bold thief to steal a suspension bridge at noon with no interference. ·' For example: I once was a stock- -b'oy in a Syracuse department store that was the favorite target of the boldest burglars in town, because the store was the biggest and its personnel .the dumbest. The first big heist Ava.s pulled off by two gujrs who entered the store with their own keys to .tfieir own locks. . ;. One Saturday afternoon, they arrived in work-clothes a.nd began changing the locks .on the big plate- glass doors at the rear of the store. Nobody asked them why they were installing new locks, because they .looked like they should he doing that 'very thing. They returned on Sunday morning, opened their locks, tied'up the watchman and blew the safe in the cashier's office. They deadened.the blast with expensive merchandise from the carpet department. The management hardly had lived dow'ri the ignominy of that one when 'two 'other guys arrived in the appliance department one afternoon. They wore white overalls and pushed a hand-truck. They checked tags on various refrigerators, picking out the most expensive ones. "This ain't the one," they'd say. Looking at- another: "Yeah, this is it." And they carted out two refrigerators while salesmen looked on, bemused. Some of the salesmen thought the two " thieves were repairmen. Others thought they were from the shipping department. · B u t nobody asked. " ', ' ; . · · * ' · * ' · * ' TWO GUYS STOLE a canoe from the sporting-goods department of a I Long Beach store simply by picking it up and walking out with if. Now, if there is one thing, that, should attract every one's attention, it would be two guys carrying a canoe through a crowded store. But nobody asked, "Hey. is that your canoe or are you stealing it?" Nobody asked because nobody could believe that two guys would steal a canoe. Not that way, anyhow. I know of another shoplifter who tossed a 9x12 carpet over his shoulder and walked out of a Long-Beach store. And burglars are forever backing trucks up to the homes of people who are on vacation or nut for the day, and loading TV sets and stereos and sofas and maybe even the family dog. The neighbors never question it, because they know that nobody is nervy enough to loot a house that way. I feel more kindly toward a thief who works that way than for the mid- night-skulker type, although both are equally guilty. I often wonder what sort of story a booster would come up ·-''' · ·· me happened to ask bin- ivr- he ,as up to, I never will fin- 1 uJLj)ci;ause nobody will ask. ·^' * * * PERHAPS IT. WOULD BE a good thing if we asked the man what he was doing with that railroad car or why he was removing the elevator from the shaft in the hotel or what reason he had for starting that bus with a wire instead of an ignition-key. But I suppose if I asked him, I would get a perfectly logical explanation and a punch in the mouth. In any other_case, it would be a thief. So you ask him. I «._-.- . NOT NOW, LATER One of the least urgent matters South Viet Nam would seem to have. to worry about is the encouragement of tourism. The government does, nevertheless, maintain a National Tourist Office, which has produced two brochures telling of the country's beauty, culture and friendliness. 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