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Idaho Free Pras.i i Caldwell News-Tribune, Thursday, June 3,1957 - 4 PAGE OF OPINION MIDEAST PROFIT, LOSS STATEMENT; NX JiME is BUSTIN' OUT ALL OVER " TODAY'S EDITORIALS Medicare Breaking 'Em Medicare is hurting private hospitals -and this hurts patients and patients' purses. This isn't a guess, it's a fact. H one should doubt this, all he has to do for verification is ask the administrator of a participating private hospital. They're losing money because of federal government regulations -- as they apply to private hospitals. Public (government sponsored) hospitals have a better deal under Medicare than do private hospitals. It's simply a rsd-tape (fact, UkeMt «Qijt. 'V " : ·· : "';. *·;$;:·.' The question which arises is this: Are the financial' discrepancies weighted on the side of public hospitals factors In a subtle move to break private and community hospitals and thereby bring closer enactment of a national health scheme? . It's a good question. If the dirty deal that private hospitals are Retting under Medicare IS a deliberate attempt to bring such a scheme closer, then we think it is despicable. Authorities in the hospital field say hospital costs are rising much faster than all health care costs. Medical cara costs in the U. S. between 1950 and 1964 rose 186 per cent while the population was increasing only 26 per cent, or -- tn dollars -- from $85 to $194. In the same time, hospital costs rose 230 per cent, Mea.wred tn terms of the population growth, hospital costs per person In the U. S. rose from $25 to $67 -- a change of 168 per cent. And per admission costs have gone up from $127 to over $320 -- a boost of about 153 per cent. More figures: The cost of a patient-day in short-term general hospitals rose 1C6 per cent, from $1'! to $42. By 1965 It was up to about $45. T h i s isn't attributed to Medicare, of course. Medicare wasn't even around when these figures were forming. The thing is, however, Medicare IS with us now, and is taking the role of the straw that broke the .proverbial camel's back.-- · · ·; ·;··' i - \ : .v In 1950'about .Z per cent o* the'peopie in the U. S. were 65 or older. Today over 9.4 per cent are that old. The use of hospitals by persons over 65 is THREE TIMES iliat of those under 65. Enter Medicare. Under complicated formulas designed to "equitably" pay the private hospitals, consideration is NOT given the overall picture of hospital operation. And as a result, the hospitals aren't making out under Medicare. What they're doing Is losing money. But they're between the devil and the deep blue sea -- the rtevll being loss of money under Medicare and the deep blue sea being loss or even mnre by not participating. It's a sad state of affairs. Ask Caldwell Memorial Hospital. No wonder the question arises: Is this a conscious effort to bring about more quickly a national health scheme? Stronger U.N. Needed When the last shot has been fired in the Mideast, you can expect the attention of many Americans to turn to taking potshots at the United Nations. The U. N., long under fire from those who claimed it sought too much power, now is open to a new criticism, The U. N. proved during the recent crisis that it had too little power to be effective. We expect to be hearing a lot of talk about pulling Ihe U. S. out of the United Nations. Although this newspaperhasbeenastaunch supporter of the concept of peace through an effective world government, we'll be among the first to admit that the U. N. was woefully ineffective In preventing an outbreak of hostilities. U Ttiant acted unwisely In pulling U. N. forces out of the potential battle zone at the revest of the United Arab Republic. But this Is no reason to say the U.N. concept can't work. It means only that the United Nations must be made more effective. As long as this nation remains a member of the U. N., there is a chance that a world government may someday be able to keep the peace. It's a slim chance, but one we can't afford to pass up. Nasser, U. H. Prestige Drop By PHILNEWSOM UPI Foreign News Analyst About all that remains of the war in the Middle East is to count up the profits and losses. The clear winner: Israel. The losers: The Arab states and especially U.A.R. President Gamal Atxtel Nasser, the Soviet Union and the United Nations. In less than three days of lightning war, the Israelis have accomplished or stand on the verge of accomplishing all short-term objectives and short- ly can approach any conference table from a strength proven on field. Their terms can be expected to be tough, based on removing what the Jews always have regarded as inequities left over from the armistice ot 1949. They will include guaranteed freedom of passage of Israeli shipping through the Suez Canal and the Gulf of Aqaba. Having won old Jerusalem from the Jordanians, they Arab socialist state. That would make King Hussein of Jordan the big loser, territorially, But for Nasser the results could be even more disastrous. Nasser has based his foreign policy and his claims to Arab leadership upon the extinction of Israel, and now for the second time he must admit defeat at the hands of the Yemen and his ambitions to take over the South Arabia Federation when the British withdraw frf.m Aden next year. Arab unit), mostly a myth anyway, now seems certain to disappear altogether. King Faisal of Saudi Arabia know they had no place in Nasser's dream of a united POLITICAL ECHOES Record for Most Errors? By RICHARD CHABNOCK This cutback, approved first the Legislature to correct the predicted a dull, routine sched- BOISE (UPI) - Time in ses. by the Joint Finance-Appropri- mistakes of the printers on ale of work directed pnmarii) Historically, Nie Russians have cast covetous eyes at the Persian Gulf and the warm water ports of the Middle East. They had based their Mideast policy on unyielding support of the Arabs. But the swift Israeli victory Ihrew their plans awry and in the end they decided to cut their diplomatic losses and go along with a United Nations call for a cease-fire which omitted a previous Soviet demand that Israel withdraw behind the old truce line. · The Arabs will call it a sellout. What Nations remained of United s a peace- UJf lilt? J U l l l l r illUlLC-rtmU UJJl 1- llllaluico Ul lilt Jjiiilll*.; «.. - , . sion may'mil" be the raily reo- atlons Committee and then by grounds the enrolledbills should at correcting mistakes maae DJ ord set by the 8May 39th Idaho the Legislature, was recom- be exact copies of the ones the innovating: 38wj£giaaiure. Legislature this past winter and mended by Gov. Don Samuel- passed. And da""? roe spring. son. While all sessions are subject Whether the Legislature in. to human frailties and error, tended to chop off financing of checked carefully for error and the mistakes made in 1967 de- the Commission on Alcoholism then photo-copies of them be serve some sort of recognition is subject to question. But the used for enrolling purposes, their number if not their fact is the commission was not Prior to the And during the 39th regular And for the future, he sug- s e s s i o n leaders spoke out gests the original bills be against haste - saying they would take all 'or impact. At least two of these miscues are expected to be on the agenda for the special session scheduled to begin June 19 and others may be submitted for correction. By amending the wrong law the Legislature inadvertently wiped from the code the slate's participation in a federal program of medical assistance to the aged. Restoration of authority to participate in the "Title 19" provisions of federal law is the principal reason the session is being called. At the same time, the Legislature probably will be asked to appropriate funds for the new Commission for the Blind which it created and then apparently forgot to give some money. funded. This, too, could be considered at the special session. Anticipating gubernatorial approval, the Legislature changed a number of laws to conform with its plans for court revision. When Samuelson vetoed the two-level court system most of the changes tied to that were pulled back. But at least one slipped through and this, also, may have to be corrected. It directed District Court clerks to collect certain fees from the probate of estates -- something the District Court clerks cannot do under the present system. Secretary of State Pete T. Cenarrusa, who was speaker of the House during the session, says typographical errors have been found in at least 30 enrolled bills. Some may need 39th session many legislators and observers take all the time they needed to make certain what they did was correct. A funny thing happened in Boise last winter and spring. fered severe damage. In the United Nations, the Mideast issue swiftly boiled down to the usual confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union. And as the delegates bick= ered, the Israelis simply went about their business. Also on the anticipated agen- correction because Die attorney da for the session will be in- general says the enrolled cop- creased appropriation of state money for public assistance. In this case, however, policy change rather than correction of an error will be asked. ies are the ones that must be recognized as law. These errors occurred because the Legislature u s e d printed instead of typed copies It must be presumed the Leg- of the original bills for enrolling. islatur' ; kne.w wfiat: jt ;*as, dpi purposes. Just who made this ing when it cut back $1 million decision nobody seems quite from tfie current biennial ap^ certain. At least nobody wants priation for public assistance in to take Ihe blame for it. approving the welfare budget Cenarrusa said he may at- for the next biennlum. tempt to get approval from FOREIGN COMMENTARY Vietnam Power Scramble Seen By DANIEL SOUTHERLAND shambles of the delicate balanc- SAIGON (UPI) --American ing of power in the armed officials are wringing their forces. hands again over South Viet- Southern politicians are lining nam's unpredictable political up support for southern pres- situatlon. idenlial candidates to oppose Ky They said that since this is a and Thieu. Ky is a native of war to win the loyalty ot the North Vietnam. Thieu is from people, the national elections to central Vietnam. be held here three months from now will be a good thing. Elections should create a government more responsive to the needs of the people than the present military regime, the thinking goes. And good government is seen as an essential ingredient to winning the war. But at the same time, experienced American officials realize that the elections for a president, vice president and two legislative houses could conceivably end by shattering the small meadiin ot political OUR READERS SAY Here Is UNESCO Board List s t a b i l i t y which has been achieved here in the past two years, Or worse, the elections could trigger a scramble for power that would split the country's military leadership, revive explosive regional and religious feelings and even set the stage for a coup d'Etat. To The Editor: Netherlands, Mr. Prem N. Kir- Dr. Fiud Sirruf, Lebanon;Dame American officials had ap- In a letter printed in "Our pal. India; Dr. Enrlqje Maeaya- Mary Guillan Smieton, United parently hoped that only one lahmann, Costa Rica; M. Ama- Kingdom; Prof. Vadlm Sabaklna, Vietnamese military leader dou-Mahtar M' Bo v, Senegal, U.S.S.R.; M. Tatsuo Snyima, Ja- would run for president next Pearce for the names of the Dr. Hans-Joachim von Mirfafz, pan; Sra. Otilla de Tejelra, Pan- 30 members nf the UNESCO Ex- Federal Republic of Germany, ama; and Sr, Alberto Wagner Mr. Daniel Mfinanga, United Re- de Reyna, Peru, public of Tanzania; Dr. Sarwat Irrra Hayes 147 fth Ave. East Nguyen Van Thieu, are ambi. Readers Say" column there is a request from Mrs. Jean H. ecutlve Bos:l Following is the list of members of the UNESCO Executive Board as of Okasha, United Arab Republic; November, 1966, (from official Prof. Andre Oietea, Rumania; records): M. Atillo Dell'Oro Main! (chairman), Argentina; M. William A. Eteki-Mbourncua, Cameroon; N. Gian Franco Pompel, Italy; Dr. Magda Joboru, Hungary, M. Djahangulr Tafazoll, Irin; Dr. Moshe Avidor, Israel; M. Amadou Hampate Ba, Mall; Mr. Pitty Paul Banda, Zambia; M, Bernard Barbey, Switzerland; Hon. William Be.iton, U.S.; Prof. Paulo E, de Berredo Carnelro, Braiil; Samuel J. Cookey, Ni- l«ria; M. Bernard B. Dadie, frory Coast; M. Etienne Dennery, France; Dr..Ilmo Hela, Finland; Stn. Juvenal Her.unrtez, Chile; Dr. Bernard J. E. H. Ho-tf, Then there is the fear that if a civilian were elected president the generals might refuse to support the elected president and might even overthrow him just as they ousted three civilian governments in the period 1963-65. Ky recently dropped a hint that this could happen. He said that if he were defeated in the presidential race by a civilian who was a "Communist" or "pro-neutralist" he would "fight him militarily." These words had an ominous ring in a country where peoples sometimes use the words "Communist" or "neutralist" to mean anyone they don't agree 1 with. FACT and OPINION The CalitorniaTaxpayers' Association News says: "California is not the only place with a major tax problem created by erosion of the tax base through Twin Falls. 25 YEARS AGO RTVERSTDE-Mr. and Mrs. Roy Dunagan and Mrs. Und- ley Larrance left Monday for Newberg, Ore., where they will attend uiegon yearly meeting of Friends churches. (June, 1942) Receiving tenderfoot badges were Bob Mercer, Tom Edmark, Z. L. Pearson and Gary Smith. Second class badges were awarded to Harold Beaver, Bill Free, Harold Burke, Byron Dawson, Jerry HambHn, Dick Line, Bob Sltr, Jim Walker, Earnest D. Hunsaker, Loren Hedrick, and JicHe McCarthy, Robert Kelm was mad* a life scout, and star rank was awarded to Bob C. Crawley, Burton Van Epps, Arland Ttdwell and Dale TldwelL (June, 1942) Beef Boll, tt. 13c; Bacon squares, ft. 19c; Pot roast, Ib. 23c; Rib steak, Ib. 21c; Bacon, Jb. 28c. (From an W4R Food Stores ad, June, 1942; tious men. Both have disclosed their Intention to run for the nation's top position. This creates the very real possibility of a split in the military leadership. September. But the country's two top military men. Air Vice Marshal exemptions. New York City, Nguyen Cao Ky and Lt. Gen. wh i cn j s no( on i y the largest city but the one with Ihe greatest fiscal problems, recently found a third of its real estate is tax exempt. For New York City (his meant of $47.4 billion in real estate, $16 billion was not subject to lax because In a country where there are lt was owne[) by re ijgjous, char- no political parties of national itable nmpro ,,, or 0|lier tax standing, the Vietnamese armed exempt i asmu( | 0ns .'. forces has been the must unified r.on-Communist political force and the basis for whatever stability there Is. By H. B. DEAN But if Ky, who is both "Ye shall not make with me commander of the air force and gods of silver, neither shall ye prime minister, and Thiau, who make unto you gods of gold." Is the country's ranking milita- Exodus 20:23 ry leader and chief of state, get Nothing is quite sohumbllngas into a knociwlown, drag-out to remember from whence we political battle It could make a came. Today's Thought FATHER'S DAY-JUNE 18th A SALUTE TO DAD... WITH COLORFUL GIFTS FROM ALEXANDERS! Gifts for the active, fashion-conscious dad! Here's some suggeslions from hundreds of gifls at Alexander's nine big stores for men . . . COLORFUL TIES Your choice of new patterns in under knots, neats, solids and paisleys $1.50 to $4.00 LANCER SPORTSHIRTS A large selection of shortsleeve sportshirts, it never needs ironing, Fortrel and cotton. From Lancer of Calif. $7.00 Other permanent press sportshirts from $4.00 ENGLISH LEATHER All purpose lotion $1.50 $2 Lime After Shave $2.50 BRITISH STERLING 4 oz. Cologne $5.0C 4 oz. After Shave $3.5C AlSO; Dopp kits, Ascots, Tie Racks, Key Cases, Travel Bar Sets, Jewelry. _ FIRST SECURITY BANKAMERICARD MANHATTAN SHIRTS Your choice of white, blue, green or yellow in permanent press Kodel and cotton from Manhattan $5.00 MEMS WALKING SHORTS New Fora-Press®, permanent, press in plaids, paisleys andsolids. $5 $6 ck SUMMER PAJAMAS Short sleeve--Knee length pajamas in all cotton and Dacron-cotton permanent Press $4.25 ,. $6.00 NAMPA AND CALDWELL

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