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Atchison Daily Globe (Newspaper) - September 13, 1976, Atchison, Kansas LDITORIAL PAGE Muss Probe Bodes III For National Health Bill The push for national health insurance ~ a multi-billion 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, Medicaid, 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 $1.5 billion to $15 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 (R.-Ill.), 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... ($15 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 amount?” 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 $15 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 IO 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 accountability, the fraud and abuse continue in blatant fashion...” Many believe such fraud is bound to exist in any program of free medical care since (I) 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. a*#; V '-rn* i :>'* ' Globe Sights HOW ABOUT y YEAH. you LAPIER SIGNIN' A < COUIP PUT <2N A BAKE PETITION TD<SALE OR SOMETHIN' KEEP THE OWLS) TO SUPPORT U5. 1 OR CLUB OPEN. L.6.? you've got youR thing an' WE'VE GOT HOW about a beauty contest? we can GET AIL THE UUPOES VOU NEED-FREE' LISTEN, TURKEYS. THIS IG '7b. NOT '2b —GET A NEW calendar and LEARN HOW TO TALK/ ar ^ - GOBBLE-OUK BOARDING HOUSE GOBBLE • .ll'LT-’f I rf. VA f-rf 13 The “dear” at the opening of a letter means nothing You have the right, but no business, to have the blues. Washington Merry Go Round By Jack Anderson • with Lea Whitten Washington - President Fords 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 unneighborly to turn down a friend in need of a favor. While he wai secretary of the army, he intervened with the Forest Service to help gain a favorable land ruling for a friend who had opened the Crested Butte, 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 12 million. The Army Engineers planned a dam at (Topton 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 Callaway, Tapp complained about the Gopton Crossing project and suggested the creation of an advisory committee to oversee the planning of the Army Engineers. As Army secretary, the obliging Callaway created the Army Civil Works Advisory Committee and appointed Tapp to head it. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D.-Vt., is investigating the case. He found that Tapp used his position on the committee almost exclusively to fight the project that threatened his vacation home. Footnote: Tapp told our associate, Jack Cloherty, that he gave priority to the (Topton Crossing project because it is located in his region. He denied this was a conflict, contending that the dam would leave him with valuable lakefront property. Callaway admitted that he took a special interest in Tapp’s committee This was not to help Tapp, he insisted, but to provide the Army with "free business expertise.” Callaway said he didn't even know about Tapp’s apparent conflict. HEAD HUNTING As each Congress fades into history, it leaves behind a few more lame ducks who don't want lo go back to Pocatello. They remain in Washington and take up a life of lobbying. One legislator-turned-lobbyist, who preferred not to go back to Evansville, is ex-Kep. Roger Zion, R.-Ind. He solicited clients by direct mail, citing his special qualifications to win friends, influence legislation and pull strings in the Capitol cloakrooms. "Since I will continue to be active in the Congressional Prayer Breakfast group, in the House gym, the Members’ Dining Room and the House floor,” wrote Zion, "I will maintain contact with my good friends who affect legislation.’’ He is now singing up his friends in Congress for the gun lobby at HOO a head. He has cajoled more than 50 of them to join the Citizens Committee to Keep and Bear Arms. All told, more than 150 members of Congress belong to the organization’s advisory council. Of these. Zion bagged between 50 and 65, executive director Alan Gottlieb conceded. Zion refused to say how much he was paid for his headhunting efforts. But Gottlieb confirmed that Zion received $100 maximum for each congressman enlisted on the council. For both his recruiting and lobbying duties, Zion has collected about $12,000 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 endorsing Ronald Reagan for President. Zion recruited one congressman, Edward Pattison, 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 the council Zion was not asked to refund the $100 he had collected for Pattison. OIL SPILLOVER The defenders of the oil in- ©19/6 By NIA toe 'Hey, mac — Ie your name Marty Feldman?" 2 ATCHISON GLOM Monday. September 13,1976 Your Horoscope TUESDAY, SEPT. 14 Your birthday today: Sees you off to a fresh start with increased momentum, expanding both career and personal interests, adding new activitiee. By midyear you'll find you can’t carry all you begin; then it’s time to make definite choices. Today’s natives offer inventive ideas that ultimately benefit all. They tend to wander in far placet, formulate unconventional explanations for natural phenomena. Aries [March 21-April 19]: What you begin now promises to increase in importance, decrease in size and difficulty. Specific negotiations and traval require great care. Eliminate duplication and clutter. Taurus (April 20-May 20]: Requests for job improvements bring good results. Follow guidance to switch investment items, late day. Where an activity produces well, overtime ie justified. Gemini (May 21-Juue 20): Look for opportunity. Pao-ple can now be persuaded to chip in. Creative ventures move feet with little urging, but don’t take them for granted. Cancer [June 21-July 22): You needn't tell all you know or explain details to associates. Obscure information comes to light if you actively search; be ready to use it promptly. Leo [July 23-Aug. 22): Career opportunities happen in time; you can’t force them. Imagine new uses for old materials, fresh methods for established skills. Seek further social introductions. Virgo [Aug. 23-Sept. 22]: Unexpected bits of insight have more use than first seems obvious. Secret wishes gain ground. Professional advice is good; try to take advantage of it. Libra [Sept. 23-Oct. 22]: Regard today’s happenings aa part of your individual training. Hard work advances some personal project; tackle it, but don’t overdo. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Don’t wait for othara to move. Think up an a1 tarns-five, and go ahead! Respect confidential data even if it appears someone leaked the information. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Press claims to collect what is due. Study competition carefully. Any health symptoms require immediate attention, but shouldn’t cause concern. Capricorn [Doc. 22-Jan. 19]: Changes made today grow into parmanant and important devstopmanta, however spontaneous and minor they seem now. Exert yourself, and use othara’ help. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. IS): Use that chance to cash in on neglected resources, though it takes time from your romantic intarests. Problems of youth arise again. Pisces [Feb. 19-March 20]: Complex affaire are slowly being transformed. What to do is plain; the problem is making and sticking to decisions. "Horror... shock... who needs them? I get mine when our bills come in the first of every month!" dustry have been quoting lately from a study that attacks governmental attempts to break up the giant oil companies. The scholarly work, entitled “Competition in the Oil Industry,” has been touted as an independent, objective study of the divestiture issue. At least one major oil company, Mobile, has quoted directly from the report in its national advertising campaign against divestiture. We have now learned that the study was funded, in part, by oil money. The principal sponsor was the National Science Foundation, which put up $130,000. But the additional $125,000 was contributed by two independent oil marketing groups. The Independent OU Marketers' Conference, which opposes divestiture, funneled ‘Doctor Says’ Body Short In White Cells By Lawrence E. Lamb, M.D. DEAR DR. LAMB - Two doctors tell me I have leukopenia but haven’t done anything tor me. I’m allergic to drugs. I couldn’t find much Mi leukopenia in my medical books. Could you tell me what causes leukopenia 9 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 leukopenia is usually of the cells that increase in number when you have an infection. These are neutrophils so you probably have neutropenia, the main form of leukopenia. The neutrophils are also called granulocytes. You may have heard the term agranulocytosis which means neutropenia, 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 circulation. 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 waiting to be released if your body needs them. If a person develops acute appendicitis these ceils 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 important 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 infections. The white cells are used to fight off infection. If your count is very low then you will need to take precautions against developing an infection. 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 infection can be dangerous. I doubt this is your problem. The cause of the mild cases is unknown. It is sometimes a familial characteristic. Severe forms can be caused by inadequate bone marrow production from actions of drugs, chemical solvents, insecticides and a host of factors. One aspect of treatment in these cases is elimination of the offending drug if possible. Many drug or chemical induced episodes are cured spontaneously when the offending agent is removed. I 40 YEARS AGO Tbs CMM, September ISSI would think that you probably ything except to be checked regular- don’t need an special ly and, if need be, to take added precautions against infection or to get treatment at once with any sign of an infection. Those who would like information about anemias can send 50 cents for The Health Letter number 4-3, Understanding 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 $85,000 into the project through George Washington University. Another oil group, known as the southern Caucus, contributed $40,000. Perhaps it is only coincidental, but the report concludes that "attempts to punish the oil industry for alleged anticompetitive behavior are contray to the national interest. 7 ’ 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 op divestiture,” he said, "when they contributed to our project.’’ Spokesman for the independent oil groups stressed that their interests don’t always coincide with those of the major oil companies. Northeast Kansas residents were wondering if they were to witness a gold rush, a stampede of prospectors from afar filled with file lust of gold making the Missouri river a second Yukon and Fanning a second Dawson. Hie 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 bota by a knockout. He was employed in Chanute. The August primary election cost Atchison county a total of $3,45619 - or .4235 cents per va!# pttgf As "Miss Atchison,” Maurine Intfen was in Topeka competing for the title of "Miss Kamas” at the Kansas Free Fair. 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 took in the football game in the afternoon 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. Manpower — or lack of it — was always one of Washington's major preoccupations. Ill-advised congressional policies of shortterm voluntary enlistments and the bonus inducements, where the states and Congress vied to coax recruits into the militia or Continental Army, fostered "repeaters,” men who enlisted, drew their bonuses, and then promptly deserted to reenlist. Such things, The World Almanac notes, created an ebb and flow highly detrimental to training troops. Bargains in the Want Ads. ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦ INSURANCE Fast service to protect $■*••• home, car cycle and All risk & package policies ION, competitive rates PrwntoM fisaocisg Commerce Onvestment Co. 712C«aiiMrdsi 317-1211 »♦»»»»»»♦ I i ^programs Globe Want Ads pay off. The next meeting of the Atchison County Historical Society will be held Sept. 20, at 7:30 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 Africa,” by E.W. Howe. Mrs. Tom Van Dyke made the presentation. The Atchison County Historical Society is sponsoring a bus trip to the Royals stadium Sept. 18. All reservations are taken, according to Forest Hughes. Francis Hyde has accepted the office of vice president of the Atchison Comity Historical Society, according to the Society Newsletter. monday 4:00-2-Bonanza 4-Mike Douglas 5 Movie 9 Partridge Family ll Mister Rogers 13-Ironside 27 Little Rascals 41-Gllllgan's Island 4:30-9-My Three Sons 11-Electrlc Company 19-Mister Rogers 27-Gllllgen't Island 41-Superman 5:00 2 4 9 News 11-Sesame Street 13 Early Show 19-Zoom 27-Brady Bunch 41 Leave It To Beaver 5.25 5 Political Talk 5:30-2 Brady Bunch 4 27 5 13-Naws 9 Odd Couple 19 Carrascolendas 41-Baseball 6:00 2 5 9 13 27 News 4 Cross wits 11-General Educational 19-Bringing It All Back Homa 6:30 2 Rob Hicklln 4 Hollywood Squares 5 13 Movie 9-Bowtlng For Dollars 11-Medieval Art 19 American Indian 27-Hogan's Heroes 7:00-2-9 Inside Television 4-27 Movie 1119C»er Easy 7:30 ll 19 Hockey 1:00 2 9 Football 1:30 41 Movie 9:00-4-Kathryn Kuhlman 5 13 All In The Family 27-Jigsaw John 9:30-5 13-Maude 10:00 4 5 13 27 News 11-Patrick Henry 19-Monty Python 41 Doctor In The House 10:30 4-27 Johnny Carson S-Mod Squad ll News 13 41 Movie 11:00 2 9 News 11 30 2 Football 5 Fugitive 9-Honeymooners 12:00 2 News 4 27-Tomorrow 9-lrons Ide 12:10-2 Story Of Jesus 12:30 5 Movie 41 Thriller 1:00-4- News 9-Perry Mason 2:30-5 News 3:00 5 Art Llnkletter TUESDAY 6:00 5-13-Captain Kangaroo 9-Fllntstones 19-in Service Teaching Programs 41-Rln Tin Tin B: 30 9 Porky Pig And Friends 41 Lassie 9:00 2 ll Sesame Street 4 27 Sanford And Son 5 13-Price Is Right 9 Merv Griffin 41-Lost in Space 9:30 4 Celebrity Sweepstakes 27-Mike Douglas 10:00 2 Take Time 4-Wheel Of Frotune 5-Phil Donahue 9 1 Dream Of Jaannla ll Electric Company 13-Gambit 41 700 Club 10:30 29-Happy Days 4 27 Hollywood Squares 5-13 Love Of Life ll Chemistry For Cooking 10:55 5 Consider This 13 News ll-.00 2 9-Hot Seat 4- Room 222 5 13 Young And The Restless ll intermediate Algebra 27-Fun Factory 11:302 9 All My Children 4-Mid Day 5 13 Search For Tomorrow 19 Sesame Street 27 Gong Show 41 Practical Christian Living 11:55 27 News 12:00 2-News 4- Somerset 5-Noon Edition 9 Kaleidoscope 13 Mid Day In Kansas 27 Noon Day 41 Audubon Wild!lf* Theatre 12:30 2 9 Family Feud 4-27-Days Of Our Lives 5-13 As The World Turns 19-Electric Company 41 Underdog 1:00 2 9-120,000 Pyramid 19-ln Service Teaching Programs 41-Untamed World 1:30 29 One Life To Live 4-27-Docotrs 5 13 Guiding Light 41 Love, American Style 2:00-4-27-Another World 5 13 All in The Family 41-Love, American Style 2:15-2 9-Generat Hospital 2:30-5-13 Match Game 41 -Best Of Groucho 3:00 2 9 13 Edge Of Night 4-Dlnah! 5-Dark Shadows 11-Sesame Street 19 Book Beat 27 Somerset 41-Mickey Mouse Club 3:30 2-Ryen's Hope 5- Brady Bunch 9-Howdy Doody 13 Adam 12 19-Sasama Street 27 Lassie 41 Little Rascals 4:00 2-Bonanza 4 Mike Douglas 5 Movie 9 Partridge Family 11-Mister Rogers 13 Ironside 27 Little Rascals 41-Gllligan's Island 4:30-9 My Thrat Sons ll Electric Company 19-Mister Rogers 27-Gilligan‘s island 41 Superman 5:00 2 4-9-News 11-Sesame Street 13 Early Show 19-Zoom 27 Brady Bunch 41-Leave It To Beaver 5:30 2 Brady Bunch 4 5-13-27-News 9 Odd Couple 19-Electric Company 41 Comer Pyle, USMC 6:00-2-5-9-13-27-News 4 Cross Wits 11-Intermediate Algebra 19-Human Relations 41 Andy Griffith 6:30-2-13-Truth Or Consequences 4 M up pet Show 5 Match Game PM 9-Bowling For Dollars ll Kansas: Heritage And History 19 0ver Easy 27-Hogan's Heroes 41 Beverly Hillbillies 7:00-2 9 Happy Days 4 27 Movin' On 5 13 Math ll 19-Over Easy 41-Movie 7:30-2-9 Movie 5-13-Ge Theater ii 19-Shadows On Th# Grass 8:00-4-Masada: Monument To Freedom ll 19 Evalng At Pops 27 Police Woman 9:00 2-9-Family 4 27-Bob Dylan 5 13 News Special ll 19 Olympiad 41-Marcus Welby, M.D. 10:00-2-4 5-9 13 27 News ll Boarding House 19 MacNell-Lehrer Report 41 Doctor In The House IO:30-2-Alan King's Prim# Time Preview 4-27 Johnny Carson 5 Mod Squad 9-Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman ll News 13 4l-Koiak 19 Firing Line 11:00 9 Lorenzo And Henrietta Music 11:30 5 Fugitive 13-41 Movie 12:00 2 News 4 27-Tomorrow 9 ironside 12:10 2 Story Of Jesus 12:30-5-Movie 1:00 4 News 9 Perry Mason 41-Thriller 2:30 5 News 3:00-5-Art Llnkletter
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