Equalize costs of health care insuranceI would like to add...

THE FORUM

July 09, 1993

Equalize costs of health care insurance

I would like to add my thoughts to the health care issue. I strongly feel that the playing field should be made level for all U.S. citizens as participants: employed, unemployed or retired; union or non-union; rich or poor.

For many years I was self-employed and am now retired. My total income was and is taxed before any expenses for health care are paid.

This policy should be the same for all U.S. citizens. This means that company-paid health benefits should be considered as income to all recipients. They are fortunate because their costs will be calculated on a "group" basis, not on an individual basis as mine are.

The costs of company-paid benefits are passed along to consumers in increased prices.

I resent having to pay more for an item because of the health care benefits of a company's employees. For example, manufacturers complain that health insurance premiums add more than $2,000 to the price of an average automobile.

Also, the U.S. government would benefit from this policy by receiving more taxes on the resultant greater incomes. This would result in lowering the deficit.

I realize that this policy places responsibility on each citizen, but this lack of any responsibility is one source of the exorbitant charges for medical care.

Margaret White

Baltimore

Human condition

Three random articles dealing with death, destruction and dissembling caught my eye and activated my ear for irony in The Sun's Maryland section July 2.

Tonya Lucas' second trial commences, prosecutors argue she is guilty of felony murder (six children incinerated, one "two years old and 10 pounds`) because she hoped for assistance from the Red Cross.

Better she had had assistance from Planned Parenthood long ago. Help was only a phone call away, yet she chose breeding over prevention. The results, regardless of who threw the match, are horrendously tragic.

Peter and Dawn Burrus were bludgeoned to death in their Liberty Heights Avenue home. Neighbors reported, after the fact, hearing shouts and pleading coming from the house.

The police were only a phone call away. Not one neighbor dialed for help. Unwillingness to take responsibility for one's own fate or possibly prevent the tragic fate of a neighbor were both within several digits.

On the flip side of the truly tragic is the truly comic. No wonder Shakespeare always sent in the clown.

Robert Bukowsky, with help from Ma Touch Tone, has devised a plan to open up the avenues to communication that promises to lead to the calming of the Baltimore County education waters; an opportunity for articulate and concerned citizens to "voice" their approval or disapproval of Stuart Berger.

Now this is a touch more than seven digits (900 must be dialed first). However, for this effort, plus a slight charge of $2.95 on the callers' next telephone bill, the caller's response will be tabulated by a computer phone service in California!

All of these articles caused me to dig out my Shakespeare, once again. Hamlet's viewing the mess in Denmark "more in sadness than in anger" sums up my response to the human condition here in Baltimore.

Shakespeare lives? No wonder the masks of comedy and tragedy are always intertwined.

Betty Corwell

Timonium

Time of decision

Every group, every society, every organization eventually reaches a point in its existence when it has to show the stuff of which it is made.

There also is a point where all the intellectual debate and scholarly musings don't amount to a damn thing. In the final analysis, the only thing that matters is what works and what doesn't.

In the African-American community, we have reached that point. No matter how many people attempt to bury their heads in the sand, we as a community have come to the "time of decision," and it is painfully obvious that as a community we are not up to the challenge.

We in the African-American community have to stop the elaborate self-deception that we and our leaders routinely play on ourselves.

We have to realize that this period in our history, the 90's, will be a make or break period for our community. Either we do the things that are necessary for us as a community to do, or we as a community will cease to exist. Period.

We have to realize the challenges we face are unparalleled in human history. We are witnessing a global shift in technology, economics, genetics, immigration policy and the changing nature of labor that staggers the mind.

Our community needs to be about the business of raising mathematicians, historians, scientists, economists, etc. Instead, we are raising young men who think it is "macho" to shoot women and children in swimming pools. And we need to reject any leadership that doesn't make the issue of self-destruction our top priority.

The judgment of history is final. We have to set our priorities as a people -- or suffer the consequences. We should remember that history is notorious for not listening to excuses.

Bob Gumbs

Baltimore

Cruel sacrifice

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