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Hove Column Fails To Address Concerns

Being absent from campus, I just read Anders Hove's guest column ["America Must Choose between Health Care Plan, Status Quo," Oct. 8] on the subject of health care, through The Tech's electronic database. I am disappointed by its failure to even discuss the concerns I raised. Hove states that my opinion column "does more to confuse than to inform the reader." However, he never points out what he found confusing.

His only disagreement is with my use of the phrase "cost-shifting" to describe the large subsidies that young people will pay to support their wealthier elders. Because the health care establishment's preferred term for this is "community rating," he implies, it does not matter. This is rebuttal by relabeling. Nowhere does he address the fact that the Clinton administration's own estimate is that more than 40 percent of all Americans will pay more for health care under the new scheme, even with the rosiest of projections. And nowhere does he explain how the health plan will continue to work if, as has invariably happened in other countries, the cost of the national health system accelerates under government management. He simply regurgitates the Clinton administration's greasy salesmanship, without any evidence of an original contribution.

Lars Bader G