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Atchison Daily Globe (Newspaper) - September 13, 1976, Atchison, Kansas EDITORIAL PAGE Moss Probe Bodes 111 For National Health Bill The push for national health insurance a mulli- billlon dollar proposal endorsed by President Ford, Jimmy Carter, Teddy Kennedy and others in one form or another received a severe setback recently with the release of a Senate report documenting massive fraud, waste and poor patient service under a more limited federal program, Medlcald, which covers only about 12 per cent as many as would be covered under the various comprehensive health care proposals. The study by Sen. Frank Moss' (D.-Utah) Subcommittee on Long- Term Care has been getting major publicity, at least partly because of the role Moss himself, disguised as a poor recipient of the.program, played in the investigation. The investigation of the 10-year-old Medicaid program in eight cities a program whose cost has grown in that period from billion to billion per year turned up evidence not only of many ineligible recipients under the program but, perhaps more significantly, of numerous health care personnel making incredible profits from dispensing totally unnecessary services. Opponents of the full-blown national health insurance have predicted that such artificial creation of demand for medical services would be the inevitable results of such a program, citing experiences in Great Britain and elsewhere, But recent Senate findings appear to confirm this thesis here in the United States, and many are drawing the logical conclusion. Thus William Halamadaris, a top investigator for the Senate subcommittee reported: "I think we've got to demonstrate that this type of program can work before we get into bigger programs" such as the national health schemes would entail. And liberal Sen. Charles Percy ranking minority member of the subcommittee, observed that "we must be aware of the fact that if we are not able to administer this relatively limited program... billion annually) then how can we hope to have a national health insurance program administered by the federal government that would involve many times that Among other things, the study found the existence of "Medicaid mills." These operations, often located in store fronts, were described as a kind of a cross between a doctor's office and a health clinic. The health care personnel in these places were found to offer a wide variety of services, from psychiatry, to dentistry, to podiatry. Incredibly, the committee estimates that from a quarter to as much as half of the billion spent annually on the Medicaid program is wasted. Nor is a little bit of bureaucratic tightening or other reform likely to produce some improvement in this record. For, as the subcommittee notes in the Introduction to its report: "Amazing as it seems, the committee staff learned that most of the problems in the New York program have been known for .10 years or more. Federal, state, and local officials are and have been apprised of the nature of the problem for a number of years as evidenced by the mountain of reports going back to 1966. Clearly, these shortcomings and names of specific providers who are defrauding the program (and the methods used by these providers) are and have been known to both policymakers and law enforcement agencies. Despite alternate alarms sounded by generations of office holders and despite an equal number of press releases indicating progress toward establishing account- ability, the fraud and abuse continue in blatant fashion..." Many believe such fraud is bound to exist in any program of free medical care since (1) doctors are more likely to perform unnecessary services if the government, rather than the patient, is paying the bill, and (2) patients themselves are more likely to seek such superfluous treatment when the government is picking up the tab. In short, proponents of the comprehensive national health insurance have got some fast talking to do. In view of the Moss report, the burden of proof is now on their backs. Globe Sights The "dear" at (he opening of a letter means nothing. You have the righl, but no business, to have the blues. HOW ABOUT V VEAH. Wll IAPIES 1- A COULP PUT an A BAKE PETITION TO SALE OR .SCWETKIN' KEEP 5UPPORT U6' OK aUB 0PEN, HOW ABOUT A BEMJTY L.O.? you've coNTEfrTf WE CAN OOT toLJR ALL THE TrilNS AN' NE.EP WE'VE GOT Thtls '7t, NOT A. NEW CM.ENPAR ANP LETARN HOW TO rT' BOARDlNjrfHOUSE Washington Merry Go Round Jack with Les Whilten Washington President Ford's former campaign manager, Howard "Bo" Callaway, lost his job over a conflict of Interest. Now he's involved in another apparent conflict. The Irrepressible "Bo" has an incurably friendly nature. He considers it unnelghborly to turn down a friend In need of a favor. While he was secretary of the army, he intervened with the Forest Service to help gain a favorable land ruling tor a friend who had opened Ihe Crested Butto, Colo., ski resort. It turned out that Callaway had a financial stake in the resort. This cost him the campaign manager's job. He gave it up, protesting his Innocence to the end. Now we ve learned that he helped another friend, Jay C. Tapp, fight a dam that would have flooded his vacation home. Again Callaway is protesting his innocence with all possible vigor. He came across as a rustic sophisticate, with a blend of shrewdness and amiability In his Georgia twang. But the facts speak for themselves. Callaway became acquainted with Tapp through the Young Presidents Organization, which is made up of corporate heads who are under 50 years old and whose companies have an annual business volume of more than million, The Army Engineers planned a dam at Clopton Crossing, Tex., which would submerge Tapp's vacation home under 30 feet of water. Tapp, therefore, put up a fight to block the dam. In a January, 1975, letter to Collaway, Tapp complained about the Clopton Crossing project and suggested the creation of an advisory com- mittee to oversee the planning of the Army Engineers. As Army secretary, the obliging Callaway created the Army Civil Works Advisory Com- mittee and appointed Tnpp to head it. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D.-Vt., is investigating the case. He found that Tapp used his position on the committee almost ex- clusively to fight the project that threatened his vacation home, Footnote: Tapp told our associate, Jack Cloherty, that he gave priority to the Clopton Crossing project because U is located in his region. He denied this was a conflict, contending that the dam would leave htm with valuable lakefront property, Callaway admitted that he took a special interest in Tapp's committee. Tills was not to help Tapp, ho insisted, but to provide the Army with "free business expertise." Callaway said he didn't even know about Tapp's apparent conflict. HEADHUNTING As each Congress fades into history, it leaves behind a few more lame ducks who don't want to go back to Pocotello. They remain in Washington and take up a lifeof lobbying. One legislator-turned- lobbyist, who preferred not to go back to Evansville, is ex- Uep. Roger Zion, R.-Ind. He solicited clients by direct mail, citing his special qualifications to win friends, influence legislation and pull slrings in the Capital cloakrooms. "Since I will continue to be active in the Congressional Prayer Breakfast group, In the House gym, the Members' Dining Room and [he House wrote Zion, "I will maintain contact with my good friends who affect legislation." He is now singing up his friends in Congress for Ihe gun lobby at a head. He has cajoled more than 50 of them to join Ihe Citizens Committee to Keep and Bear Anns. All told, more than ISO members of Congress belong lo the organization's advisory council. Of these, Zion bagged between 50 and 65, executive director Alan Gottlieb con- ceded. Zion refused to say how much he was paid for his headhunting efforts. But Gottlieb confirmed that Zion received maximum for each congressman enlisted on the council. For both his recruiting and lobbying duties, Zion has collected about from the gun group. Footnote: Several Democrats who support .Jimmy Carter for President signed on to advise the gun lobby. Apparently, their political advice was ignored, since the group wound up en- dorsing Ronald Reagan for President. Zion recruited one congressman, Edward Pat- tison, D.-N.Y., who voted to end the sale of those cheap, unsafe street pistols known as "Saturday Night Specials." He was unceremoniously kicked off Ihe council, wy.s not asked to refund the ho had collected for Palllson. OIL SPILLOVER The defenders of the oil In- "Hay, mac Is your name 2 ATCHISON GLOBE Monday, September Your Horoscope TUESDAY, SEPT. 14 Your birthday today: Seoa you off to a fresh start with increased momentum, ex- panding both career and personal interests, adding new activities. By midyear you'll find you can't carry all you begin; then it's time to make definite choices. Today's natives offer Inven- tive ideaa that ultimately benefit all. They tend to wander in far places, formu- late unconventional explana- tions for natural phenomena. Aries [March 21-April 19J: What you begin now prom- ises to increase in impor- tance, decrease in size and difficulty. Specific negotia- tions and travel require great care. Eliminate dupli- cation and clutter. Taurus [April 20-May Requests for job improve- ments bring good results. Follow guidance to switch investment items, late day. Whore an activity produces well, overtime Is justified. Gemini [May 21-Juna Look for opportunity. Peo- ple can now be persuaded to chip in. Creative ventures move fast with little urging, but don't take them for granted. Cancer [June 21-JuIy You needn't tell all you know or explain details to associates, Obscure informa- tion cornea to light if you actively search; be ready to usa it promptly. Leo [July 23-Aug. Career opportunities happen in lime; you can't force them. Imagine now uses for old materials, fresh methods for established skills. Seek further social introductions. Virgo [Aug. 23-Sept. Unexpected bits of insight have more use than first seems obvious. Secret wish- es gain ground. Professional advice is good; try to take advantage of it. Libra1 [Sept. 23-Oct, Regard today's happenings as part of your individual training. Hard work ad- vances some personal pro- ject; tackle it, but don't overdo. Scorpib [Oct. 23-Nov. Don't wait for others to move. Think up an alterna- tive, and go aheadl Respect confidential data even if it appears someone leaked the information. Sagittarius [Nov. 22-Dec. Press claims to collect what Is due. Study competi- tion carefully. Any health symptoms require immedi- ate attention, but shouldn't cause concern. Capricorn [Dec. 22-Jan. Changes made today grow into permanent and important developments, however spontaneous and minor they seem now. Exert yourself, and use others' help. Aquarius [Jan. 20-Feb. Use that chance to cash on neglected resources, though it takes time from your romantic interests. Problems of youth arise again. Pisces [Feb. 19-March Complex affaire are slowly being transformed. What to do is plain; the problem is making and sticking to decisions. 9-13 shock who ne'eds them? I get rnlna when our ________bills coma in the first of every monthl" dustry have been quoting lately from a study that attacks governmental attempts to break up the giant oil com- panies. The scholarly work, entitled "Competition in the Oil has been touted as an independent, objective study of Ihe divestiture issue. At least one major oil company, Mobile, has quoted directly from the report in its national ad- vertising campaign against divestiture. We hnve now learned that the study was funded, in part, by oil money. The principal sponsor was the National Science Foundation, which put up But the additional was contributed by two independent oil marketing groups. The Indepcndcnl Oil Marketers' Conference, which opposes divestiture, funneled ir.io the project through George Washington University. Another oil group, known as Ihe southern Caucus, contributed Perhaps it is only coin- cidental, but the report con- cludes that "attempts to punish the oil industry for alleged anti- competitive behavior are contray to the national in- Icrcst. Footnote: The author of the study, former federal energy advisor William Johnson, told us that he saw nothing wrong with the oil contributions. "The oil independents did not have a clearly defined position on he said, "when they contributed to our Spokesman for the independent oil groups stressed that their interests don't always coincide with those of Ihe major oil companies. 'Doctor Says' Body Short In White Cells By Lawrence E. Lamb, DEAR DR. LAMB Two doctors tell me f have leukopenla but haven't done anything for me. I'm allergic to drugs. I couldn't find much on leukopenla In my medical books. Could you tell me what causes leukopenla? What, if anything, can be done for it? What kind of diet should I follow? Can it be cured? DEAR READER In general there are red cells and white cells In your bloodstream. The white cells are called leukocytes. The decrease of white cells In leukopenla Is usually of the cells that Increase in number when you have an infection. These are neutrophlls so you probably have neutropenla, the main form of leukopenia. The neutrophlls are also called granulocytes. You may have heard the term agranulocytosls which means neutropenla, but the term is usually reserved for more severe forms. The granulocytes are manufactured in the bone marrow, then released into your bloodstream. You may be surprised to learn that the average white cell doesn't stay In your bloodstream very long. In a short time it migrates out of the circulation into your body tissues. There are 20 times as many granulocytes in your tissues as there are in your circula- tion. You also have a reservoir of white cells In your bone marrow. You have 15 to 20 times as many mature white cells in your bone marrow watting to be released if your body needs them. If a person develops acute appendicitis these cells are released suddenly to combat infection and the white count goes up rapidly. Measuring the white cells in your bloodstream is only an index of how many neutrophils your body may be producing. Your doctors are probably not doing, any more because you are probably one of those people who have a decrease that is not sufficient to be im- portant from a health point of view. A small decrease in cells doesn't seem to make any difference. When the count is well below half the usual value seen the person may be more prone to infec- tions. The white cells are used to fight off infection. If your count is very low then you win need to lake precautions against developing an infec- tion. That will Include avoiding crowds, being careful to not injure yourself and even greater care of your skin to avoid pimples and the like. A pimple in a person with poor defenses against infec- tion can be dangerous. I doubt this Is your problem. The cause of the mild cases is unknown. U is sometimes a familial characteristic. Severe forms can be caused by inadequate bone marrow production from actions of drugs, chemical solvents, in- secticides and a host of fac- tors. One aspect of treatment in these cases is elimination of the offending drug if possi- ble. Many drug or chemical in- duced episodes are cured spontaneously when the offen- ding agent is removed. I would think that you probably don't need anything special except to be checked regular- ly and, if need be, to take add- ed precautions against infec- tion or to get treatment at once with any sign of an infec- tion. Those who would like infor- mation about anemias can send 50 cents for The Health Letter number 4-3, Understan- ding the Anemias. Send a long, stamped, self-addressed envelope for mailing. Address your letter to me In care of this newspaper, P.O. Box 1551, Radio City Station, New York, NY 10019. 40 YEARS AGO Thi Gloto, Stpltmbtr 1936 Northeast Kansas residents were wondering if they were to witness a gold rush, a stampede o! prospectors from afar filled with the lust of gold making the Missouri river a second Yukon and Fanning a second Dawson. The questions had arisen after John Wiley and his son, Leo, had struck an unusual rock formation while drilling a well, and the ore assayed some gold and silver. Frank Roberts of Atchison and Miss Marie Gardner of Cross Timbers, Mo., were married at the court house by Judge Frank P. Wertz. Dick Roles took part in a two- day boxing tournament in Chanute and won every bout by a knockout. He was employed In Chanute. The August primary election cost Atchison county a total of or .4235 cents per vote cast. As "Miss Maurine Intfen was In Topeka competing for the title of "Miss Kansas" at the Kansas Free Fair. Manpower or lack of it was always one of Washington's major preoc- cupations. Ill-advised con- gressional policies of short- term voluntary enlistments and the bonus Inducements, where the states and Congress vied to coax recruits into the militia or Continental Army, fostered men who enlisted, drew their bonuses, and then promptly deserted to reenllst. Such things, The World Almanac notes, created an ebb and flow highly detrimental to training troops. Bargains in the Want Ads. You too can find the right diamond at the right price, at Rudolph's. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Miller, 2226 Millwood Drive, were in Manhattan Saturday for K-State Parents Day. They look In the football game in the af- ternoon and the Bob Hope show Saturday night. Son Tom has pledged Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. The energetic sophomore class of Atchison High, after making a bundle at a car wash last week, went into the bake sale business Saturday. They are raising money to build the class float for homecoming. INSURANCE Fast service to protect homo, car circle ind buslntts All risk package policies LOW, istes Primlum fininclns inllible Commerce Snueslmenf Co. 712 Commireiil 367-6231 PROGRAMS] Globe Want Ads pay off. The next meeting of the AlchiBon County Historical Society will be held Sept. 20, at p.m. at the museum building. Refreshments will be served by women whose last names begin with the letters L through X. The Atchison County Historical Society was presented a book, "Travel Letters from New Zealand, Australia and by E.W. ilowe. Mrs. Tom Van Dyke made the presentation, The Atchison County Historical Society is sponsoring a bus trip to the Royals stadium Sept. IB. All reservations arc taken, according to Forest Hughes, Francis Hyde has accepted the office of vice president of the Atchlson County Historical Society, according to the Society Newsletter. 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