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W»ho Free Press t Cildwell News-Tribuw, Thursday, June 22, I9C7 - A3 Cr/fics Dwindle; Medicare Seems Here fo Stay program than they expected to be. EDITOR'S NOTE; The Medicare program, born in bitter controversy, will be one year old on July 1. UPI reporters in Ttiese are some ° r tne all parts of the country have flndi , n B s of l 'f reporters who liken a close look at how It cotwlw ted » nationwide invest!Is operating. Their findings gatlon of 1he massive program are reported series. And many old people are thoroughly confused about the rules on what Medicare covers and what they must pay But start-up difficulties are in a three-part ot WM government medical inevitable in a program of this care for men and women over size. The consensus of physi- 65. The program will be one ' year old on July 1. By LOUIS CASSELS (UPI)- WASHINGTON Medicare is working. America's old folks getting better medical care than ever before. Hospitals have not been swamped with elderly patients. And doctors are much more enthusiastic about the Some problems have arisen. Hospitals complain that they aren't being paid enough for are treatment of medicare patients. Doctors grumble about some of the forms they have to fill out. The billing procedures for outpatient services have proved to be excessively cumbersome. "I think Medicare is accomplishing its purpose," said Dr. Louis F. Alfano of Mel rose, Mass. "We have seen It In operation, and can say there is very little interference between doctor and patient." "Considering it's a new program, we've had good experience with it so far," said Waller S. Shakespeare, administrator of the llarrisburg Hosital, Harrisburg, Pa. "We've had a mild Increase in occupancy, but surprised." said Grant Hurst, we certainly have not been executive director of the South deluged with Medicare patients." Although cians and hospital administrators interview by I PI was that Medicare is off to an amazing good beginning. "We've been quite pleasantly than they were before its enactment, there still are outspoken opponents in the medical profession. "I disapprove of the whole thing," said Dr. Robert W. Splettstoesser of Ashley, N.D, "It's socialism, you see, and I despise socialism, not only In medicine but the philosophy in general." The American Medical Association (AMA), which fought » bitter-end battle against medi- care legislation, still is committed officially to the position that it is a bad law. But It is reconciled to the fact that Medicare Is here lo stay, and now is worrying about future expansions of the program. see it expanded into a complete The statisticsareimpressive. national healthservice." During its first 12 months, The man in charge of Medicare paid out $2.4 billionto provide hospital treatment for 4 It disbursed "The greatest danger in medicare is not what the program is today tat what it might become tomorrow," said \\ Carolina Hospital Association. "All things taken Into account, Medicare Is running very smoothly." ISRAEL IS AN AGGRESSOR " physicians as a group seem to be far more favorably disposed to Medicare BOOK REVIEW "It stinks," said Dr F.K. Lawson of Knoxville, Tenn. "The old people fail to understand Medicare provisions. Drearies L. Hudson, AMA's And in some cases, the people president. He said there are at home get tired of taking care of their old folks and say they belong in a hospital." "persons, both inside and outside the government, who will not be satisfied until they Medicare, Social Security Administrator Robert M. Ball, is delighted with the way it's working out. "A great deal of good has been accomplished by Medicare in its first year of operation," he told UPL "Older people have received from 15 to 20 per cent more In hospital service (luring this period than during the years before Medicare went into effect. The lives of many elderly people have been improved, and in some cases prolonged, because of this program." million persons. $640 million In partial payment of 25 million doctors' bills. It picked up the tab for home treatment of 230,000 elderly people by visiting nurses or therapists. Since nursing home benefits became available last Jan. 1, Medicare has underwritten extended care for 200,000 patients convalescing from ailments which required hospitaliiation. (Friday -- Hospitals take Med. icare In stride.) Hanoi Bomb Targets Are Illogical BEHIND THE LINES -- would be issuedbycountlesstiieh tenripri thaf fheir 'AHTM TM.i/i «** *t *M»ra«w»wtenfe n W^MTM. ma«a V Q * « MOU/vnrir TITM -^^^ uSi 11 ? J HE , LINES ~ would be issuedbycountlesshigh tended that their town could not of correspondents in Washing- mate. Yet a New York Times HANOI, by Harrison E. Salis- government officials. be considered an important mili- ton." writer sifted through Pentagon The criticism most directed at tary target because It had never ~ bury, 1967, The New York Times Co., 243 pages, $4.95. Harrison Salisbury, assistant managing editor of the New York Times, Is a "dove", iiieuruicisiiinrasiairecreaK tary target because It had never The communiques unearthed records one month later and dis- Salisbury was thathewasrelying been mentioned as the target of told of two raids against the covered the total losses of U. S. upon information provided only an attack In any U. S. com- city's railroad; another against aircraft, both combat and non- by the enemy. mlnlque. the naval facility and railroad combat, was 1,150. in this book, he recognizes when Salisbury's report was yard ThLZJ XZ ', ,,. this .. (irai ff'| TM relales prl- printed, the Pentagon countered Ar'thur Sylvester, c h i e f ,. Were the b , omblngs achlevln S h fiJ? . notbeen ' n , sy T, thy r X . af he aw heard md *"" a sfa(ement thaf Namdlnh spokesman for the Pentagon, is- I"" 1 P"l»se? to «J «rUhT^ J°E! t^ dur!tl V fl ° Se tw ° W6eks wasa( °TMidablemilitaryobject- sued one of many denials In Salisbury thought not. M, J H S v^etnam, behind enemy Ines. ivD . Itpossessed.saidthePenta- which he urged Salisbury towalk ,,. .. * [. ,,, inf 1 ,H H g n Ver !; * H u* "tof 81 * had u - s - F*. a railroad line, amainhigh- down the main street of Namdinh .** fl? Mr "l 3 ", f ? e on ' th : ment would never have allowed bombs hit civilian targets in way, river transshipment facil- where he would find a lareeanti- spirit olthepeople.lnelrgeneral him o visit North Vietnam six North Vietnam? uies, naval facillties.Sorage S inflation wil! to resist »«» r TMTM°« " ^prih -t M -H -K * * V , 1S 'i ed TM n!l ' Which}lad dimps Md *« inflations. The nearest thing tothisSails- tt « / ar ' had tossed," he The opportunity didn't justhap- house about 90,000 people be- "It was not correct to say It bury found was a woman traffic. noted pen. Salisbury had been plug- fore the bombings started. It had not been mentioned as a officer with a small revolver on He likened it to the psycholo- '» V 1 l^ as » mi '" ar 5', l '«!«'." Sa^bury her hip. He doubted that she gical effect upon the British in ,TM f * \ ? , ? I 0181 ,, "? ycarefu] "searching would be very effective against the days when their cities were every street bore bomb dam- of available records it msforad aircraft. being bombed by the German air a ^'... t , , that on ® tee separate occasions Were the North Vietnamese to force. Salisbury was told that an at- in the spring of 1966 the name be believed? tack on June 28, 1965, had killed Namdinh had been pronouncedby They told Salisbury they had ging away for years in an attempt to obtain a visa to travel there. Why did permission suddenly come last December? Salisbury speculates that Hanoi wanted a reliable eyewitness to the bomb At least achieving bombings are success, "s,sj"^""r. ainftsa.?: ssfsgsig sr : s sfere ·-«·« aKssst-: S^V^KES^^^ sooner would his stones appear andJ40 houses destroyed. and then were forthcoming only Certainly, Salisbury had rea- . upon the inquiry and insistence son to doubt the enemy's esti- in print than vehement denials The residents of Namdinh con- FOREIGN COMMENTARY Explosion Aids DOWN, BOY! f I · · · M · Unity in Asia 't Copynghl 1967 los Angela li^j S x rdicol« TODAY'S EDITORIAL Big Subsidies Ridiculous / One'of the Immediate effects' will be an almost automatl'6! strengthening of Asia's regional' alliances. The Southeast Asian Treaty Organization (SEATO) is dead and only awaiting a The Johnson Administration Is opposing a bill In the Senate that would save the government considerable money. The bill, introduced by Sen. John J. Williams, R-Del, would place a $10,000 ceiling on farm subsidy payments. Williams has some pretty good reasoning to back up his contention that such action Is needed. He said five American farms received government agriculture subsidy payments of at least $1 million last year. This Is ridiculous. Payments of more than $500,000 went to 11 otter farms, he said, and 258 received subsidy payments of more than $100,000. He said 936 farms were paid between $50,000 and $100,000 and 3,939 received between $25,000 and $50,000. Any way you look at It, that's a lot of money to be paid for NOT farming cropland. Williams pointed out: OUR READERS SAY "The Department of Agr leuIture has classified two state penitentiaries as farmers, thereby making them eligible for subsidy payments. The Louisiana State Penitentiary collected a cash subsidy of $92,135 while the Arkansas State Penitentiary collected $122,090 as incentive tocurtailtheir farming operations. "The state of Montana Is classified as a farmer, and It collected $337,345 to curtail Its farming operations. The Texas Department of Correction is classified as a farmer needinggovernmentassistance,and it was declared eligible for direct cash payments totaling $288,911. 'The state of Washington is another 'western farmer' which collected $125,552 to curtail its farming operations." These are reasons why a limit must be placed upon subsidy payments. When the owner of any farm -- no matier how large -- can earn $1 million or more by not moving a muscle, oursubsidypollcles are sick. . By ARNOLD DIBBLE TOKYO (l'Pl)-lt appears' unlikely that Asia will ever achieve a unity paralleling that of other continents. Few nations in Asia can claim ~ -TM °.. u U i UJ aw^iung a even Internal unity. China, Korea decent burial. The Asiannatlons and Vietnam are split Internally never have been convinced that through lines drawn as often by tt U.S., Great Britain, France, the sword as the pen. Minority revolt threatens in many other areas. But Asian unity is growing and Red China whether she likes it or not is one of the primary reasons. Action, it is said, causes reaction and that Is Bangkok-- and ASA-- Association just what Red China's nuclear of Southeast Asia-take on new explosions have caused in Asia, strength and importance. The hydrogen bomb explosion In some instances, it may Red China announced Saturday draw heretofore feuding nations probably did more to further closer together-Korea and the cause of Asian unity than Japan, for instance, and Indone- anything that has transpired sia and Malaysia, which even since the days of Genghis Khan, before all of this, had started ....... Australia and New Zealand really were interested in their problems. But such fairly new regional associations such as ASPAC-- Asian Pacific Area Council which meets next month in the tentative, timid gestures of renewed courtship. No one expects the nations, the races and the religions of Asia to sit down at the table tomorrow, but H-bombs can mal;e for strange luncheon companions. Many Are Seeking Facts Behind Church Recall Move To The Editor: I am trying hard to understand the international Com- munlst conspiracy. I know some are brainwashed to the extent they think there Is no conspiracy, In an editorial some two months ago when you were discussing the John Birch Society, you agreed there Is an International conspiracy, but the Birch way was not the way to fight it. What is a good way to expose the conspiracy? We cannot get news exposing Communist activity as far away as Havana, When the Trl-Na- tlons Conference was convening about a year ago, there was a complete blackout of any news from there. Now b'PI Is suppressing news In 5daho. Why can't you bring the reasons for the present recall action that Is frequently coming to surface In CBS News. Anything as serious as recalling » U. S, senator surely has reason and documented facts. I ask you to do this because you are tne news gatherer and thought-molder. Many people are crying for this Information. To bring understanding of the conspiracy, you must first under- stand the Declaration of Independence. Is this conspiracy subverting our Central government Into an arm of cooperation with world communism? After you study the Declaration of Independence you canunderstand how your own government can become your enemy. There is a revolution going on in the civil rights movement. A revolutionproclaimedby President Johnson. Now who are the revolutionaries? The civil rights movement is primarily against our government. When the marchers march, there is a cry for more government control, Has the civil rights revolution become a Communist revolution? Excessivegovernmentcon- trol and taxation Is surelyaction against the people. Can anybody say the revolutionary is not In our own government? We are living under two kinds of law -- constitutional and administrative. We should demand constitutional law. Administrative law Is where the American taxpayer Is forced to pay tribute to foreign governments and your Income tax monies have been for subversive purposes by foreign aid and the C.I.A. On May 26, 1967, CBS News read from Pravdo, the Moscow newspaper, a protest about Joe Stalin's daughter defecting to the United States, the enemy of the USSR. If the USSR recognizes the U.S.A. as Its enemy, then the United States senators who support the consular treaty are aiding the enemy. The U.S. Constitution identifies treason as a person who aids, clings or gives comfort and support to the enemy. I think Stalin's daughter wanted to get away from Communist tyranny. Is there any belter way to educate tyranny In the U.S. Senate than the recall. John Matien Nampa Route 5 Far from achieving the fearful results which many think China has hoped for, the H-bomb blast seems destined to fire the hardening attitudes among nations on the periphery of the mainland. India and Japan long before the H-bomb blast were reappraising - for different reasons OTHER EDITORS SAY in each country--the possibilities of developing nuclear weaponry. Sunday's announcement will spur even greater thought along these lines. And more and more nations in Asia will seek cover under the U.S. retaliatory umbrella, Thailand, Korea, Indonesia, Vietnam--even India and Pakistan--along with Japan and the Philippines are likely tobecome more pro-United States as a result of the H-bomb. Burma and Ceylon probably are doing some soul-searching. Russia, too, would seem to be in a position to gain. Those nations of Asia who do not want to seek favors from the United Stales most certainly will try to establish closer relations with the other nuclear umbrella--the Inion of Soviet Socialist Republics. The fwo-mile-long Long Bien Bridge, he said, probably was the single most Important military objective In North Vietnam. There also was Hanoi's main power plant. Neither of these targets had been bombed. Why? "We had sent our bombers to objectives much more difficult to bomb than the bridge or the power station?' he wrote. "We had Instructed ourairmen to zero in on extremely trivial military value, but targetswhich'compell- ed them to undergo Just as serious anti-aircraft punishment as they would encounter around the bridge or power station." These two targets were situated in areas where there were far fewer civilians than In those regions surrounding the small objectives that were being bombed. Why, he asked, did we bomb railroads so often at points where they passed through towns? He raises many other interesting questions - questions that need answering. It is a book that should be read by both "hawks" and "doves". "Doves" will become even more convinced that the U. S. needs to quit bombing and begin negotiating for peace. The book will make "Hawks" sit up and take notice that the military is not carrying onasef. fective a war as it should against North Vietnam. - Reviewed by Oren Campbell Real Savings Can Start at Home "'l^TM ^ministration Im heer ' """IT Congress and outside tbx*** .*.,«. Grass Roots Opinion ARGO, ILL., NEWS: "While subifrbs are tackling the Question . _, , of open housing in terms of the S Thought «lor Question, It should be pointed out that regardless of color, religion or race, It Is the couple with a child or several children that find it more difficult to find an apartment or a rental place to live, regardless If they have money to pay. Next, It is more difficult for a single girl to find a rental room thin It is for the bachelor." By II. B. DEAN "And they cried out all at once, saying, Away with this man, and release unto us Bnrabbas." Luke 23:18 So manyarestlllputllngevery- thing and everyone ahead of Christ. Have yon any room for Jesus? Johnson Administration has h eer, bercinp Congress to raise (he "permanent" nation:!) .-:-. \\ u . . u a recon) $365 billion. t the ceiliru- isr't hiked :o some new figure, the old "permanent ' limit of $285 billior -ill go back into effect on July 1 rid Rovernmenl final. .:,i Vicked into chaos. Recenth the House rejected »' dninistration plea. Republicans, Southern Democrat i:iri enemies of the Johnson Viet War policies ganged up t, Vat the ceiling boost by a vote of 210-197. Rep. Robert W. Kastenmeipr, ..is., a leading dove, said this looked like a good chance to register his resentment against the $2-3 billion a month spent on the Viet War so he voted No on the celling boost. We're in favor of any Congressional action that will prod President Johnson In the direction of economy But this one won't. Rep. Wilbur D. Mils, D-Ark., says his Ways and Means Committee will consider a new bill, perhaps to raise the celling to a little less than $365 billion, and such a bill will 99 per cent surely pass Congress before July 1. And now, how about Republicans, Southern Democrats and any other members of Congress who want to Join them getting together In a fight for real governmental economy - as some leading House GOPers already are doing? We're speaking of home-.'ront economies, not savings at the expense of our men In Vietnam. Such savings would smack of treason. - New York News. Income Disclosure Needed In view of what has come to light concerning monies paid to certain members of the United States Congress, who can any longer doubt the need for legjs!a«onprovldlngforfull financial disclosure? The country will continue to harbor grave doubts as to congressional sthlcs until full disclosure of Incomes financial activity of legislators is made mand, tory. *£L^ S h" wue TM ^ TMTM* V Long ^iidrges Willcn flPDGSrod in 7 if ^u'^bf f-wuj ^*^^^ Senator investigated wire tamlTM A f questlon * hether the the part of government am3if . , lnvasion tf privacy on James R. Hoffa, out of 1M ^ ° try , to kee P Ms friend, leader's conviction reversei ' t o g e t the ^^ster a month, from a counsel for «'r ^L at a na ' rate rf $ 2 '°°° ttiis was improper or a violati ' VT» But h6 denies th «t sociation's canons of nrofes^Mi 4v Ame rl=an Bar As- «». W.n.1 Revenue sSSSW-^J**^! --i^'"«ica| glvcJI ; his Investigations and Mr and given the Senator's ' directly Hoffa coltlci fen«s ° Ult1es wlth tfle law . circumvent

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