Clinton plan violates ConstitutionRegarding your March 6...

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March 15, 1994

Clinton plan violates Constitution

Regarding your March 6 editorial on health care, which states, "How mandatory the system will be, to what extent the government will impose price controls, which choices will be left to consumers . . .", I would like a constitutional scholar to answer this question:

Where is it stated in the Constitution that the government has the power to do any of the above?

The Clinton plan is socialized medicine and with its restrictions and harsh penalties is worthy of any totalitarian government.

Americans had better wake up to this fact by learning what an expensive horror these programs have been in other countries. I am distressed at the prospect of this lunacy being imposed on this country.

Shouldn't we learn from others' failures? The result of the Clinton plan will be the destruction of a health care system that is the envy of the world.

As for your reference to the 37 million uninsured Americans, the figure is a specious contrivance. It was arrived at by the "reformers" adding up everyone who is temporarily unemployed and therefore uninsured for 6 weeks or more.

To this changing number, they add young people who choose not to carry insurance because their annual health costs are less than insurance premiums would be.

The actual figure is between 6 million and 8 million uninsureds. There is no need to trash a whole system in order to address the needs of those uninsured persons. Furthermore, no one goes without medical care, regardless of ability to pay.

Finally, this government has no right to tell me where to get my insurance or what doctor to go to. The best move the government can do for the benefit of health care is to get out of it entirely.

Ironically, the fastest growing segment of the health care market is Medicaid and Medicare. The private sector will always run anything more efficiently and with less cost than government will.

I urge everyone to call their representatives to protest this infringement on our freedom to choose, and the loss of good health care that this plan represents.

Peggy Knight

Towson

No heath crisis

The adoption of President Clinton's proposal to nationalize the health care industry will, in general, diminish the quality and availability of medical services in the United States.

While health service costs are certainly excessive, I do not believe costs are high due to too little federal involvement.

The prospect of having government decide who will provide care, who will receive care and who will be denied care is not one to which I look forward.

I agree with New York Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan that there is no health care crisis.

Surely problems that exist can be addressed more sensibly by measures that stop short of a federal takeover of the health care industry.

Charles R. Serio

Linthicum

Ineffective laws

The death of Joel J. Lee during a robbery is certainly a tragedy for his family and all the people of Maryland. Yet how could this happen in a state like ours?

Maryland has a gun law that prohibits the carrying of a handgun. Maryland has a gun law that says a 19-year-old -- like the alleged shooter -- cannot buy a handgun, and Maryland has a Handgun Roster Board that does not allow .25 caliber guns (the kind used in the murder) to be sold.

None of these laws could save Mr. Lee because gun laws do not affect criminals. So why is the Maryland General Assembly spending so much time and energy on more gun control laws that will also not work?

Maybe the answer is so that some legislators like Senators John Pica, D-Baltimore, and Thomas V. "MIke" Miller, D-Prince Georges, can delude themselves into thinking they have done something to stop violent crime, when in fact all they have really done is waste their time and our money.

D. Webster Tyler

Baldwin

House fire

Everyone is upset about the innocent children who were burned to death in the recent Baltimore fire. So many children suffer because of the actions and inactions of adults.

There seems to be a tendency in the news media to blame this on the Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. But BG&E is not a nonprofit organization.

I would think that anyone having trouble paying their gas and electric bill would take the same steps that people took during the Depression: stop using high electric users like toasters, use 25-watt light bulbs, heat only one or two rooms and bathe less often.

No one has told the public how much government money went into this house in the form of energy assistance, food stamps, WIC and other welfare programs or how the money was spent.

Nothing is going to bring back these children, but we should try to see that it doesn't happen again.

Malcolm S. Barlow

Parkville

Smoker's rights

It is absolutely amazing to me how much time, money and effort are being spent by a segment of society to take away my right and my choice to smoke.

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