Is this really what the public wants?Republicans in...


November 01, 1995

Is this really what the public wants?

Republicans in Congress plan to reduce Medicaid by $180 billion over seven years, claiming that by freeing states from red tape they can make this enormous cut without causing any bleeding.

Even before the Contract with America was written, state officials embarked upon their own plan to reduce Medicaid spending in Maryland. They asked UMBC to write a plan. Numerous public hearings have been held across the state. Gov. Parris Glendening and the legislature have had many briefings. The plan put forward will require most Medicaid recipients to enroll in managed care.

Under the most optimistic assumptions, the savings over seven years will be $1.3 billion. But Maryland will lose over $3 billion in federal funds. How will the state cover the $1.7 billion gap?

The answer is simple: low-income seniors, infants, toddlers, teens and disabled adults will be cut off entirely or will lose benefits. People will suffer and die in the United States, while all comparable industrial nations provide full health insurance. Is this really what the public wants?

Charlie Cooper


York mayor excluded Arafat

All decent Americans should applaud New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani for his courage and integrity in expelling Yasser Arafat from a concert for world leaders in New York.

Finally, we have a public official who has the strength of character to express the outrage that many of us have felt at the honors that have been showered upon this Palestine Liberation Organization terrorist chieftain.

Harry L. Rashbaum


Class action suits level playing field

Katherine Dowling's Opinion * Commentary article Oct. 27 blasting medical class actions is yet another example of uninformed lawyer-bashing at its worst.

Medical class actions are not the bonanza for greedy lawyers and obstacle to genuine medical advances that Ms. Dowling claims.

In the few cases that have been certified as class actions, such as silicone breast implants and the Dalkon Shield, monolithic corporations have been held accountable for the serious, avoidable injuries they knowingly caused to thousands of women. While not a perfect procedural device, the class action levels the field of battle between individual victims and huge corporate interests.

The bottom line is there are relatively few trial lawyers with the courage and fortitude to act as private attorneys general and bring class actions. Naturally, corporate interests would prefer there were none.

I wonder when someone will read the lines preceding Shakespeare's much-quoted suggestion, ''First, we kill all the lawyers.'' His character's goal in doing so is to create a state of anarchy.

Robert B. Kershaw


A million men and no integration

I sincerely applaud the Million Man March historic event. It was planned, organized, implemented and carried out by sincere, intelligent and purposeful men. It is a great beginning to what can be a great help to a compatible future for our America.

So saying, I hurry to say that those energetic people failed to utter the magic word: integration.

Integration among pre-humans has been a fact for millions of years and it is still a vital part of human evolution. It has been going on in Africa and other parts of the inhabited world for as long as there have been pre-men and it is going on at this time.

Integration has been a fact in our America for at least 400 years and it is increasing steadily and relentlessly.

I would like to hear of more attention being given to integration of the races.

ilton P. Sause


Failed politician provides inspiration

I want to commend you for the Oct. 23 front-page article on Gerry Brewster in a schoolroom. Now I know why I voted for him. An outstanding young man.

Naturally I am chagrined that he lost in the election. But it has certainly been a gain for the Baltimore County school system. Here we have a man doing something positive about children now.

The need is so obvious to us all.

Christine W. Walter


Regional solutions offer hope for all

Having worked for regionalism as a delegate to the Constitutional Convention of 1967, the House of Delegates from 1970 to 1978, and as a central theme in my 1978 race to become Baltimore county executive, my credentials establish me as a supporter of Baltimore City and the need for area-wide assumption of responsibility for her future.

There is little doubt that, despite past heroic federal, state and city efforts to revitalize the city, things are going from bad to worse and will continue to do so, especially with pending federal cutbacks. The city does not have the means to cure its problems.

I am pleased that the American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit settlement and the recently published David Rusk book, ''Baltimore Unbound,'' have stirred discussion, as we must face the issue of how best to save the city.

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