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MEDICAL BILL THAT SHOULD PASS

FIRST: Remember the "Full Employment Bill" that marked the high point of President Carter's term in the White House. This legislation was the cornerstone of Carter's campaign, and it was shepherded through Congress with much fanfare by Senator Ted Kennedy. The final bill was a major news story when President Carter signed it with many pens.

The Humphrey-Hawkins Full Employment Bill my Congressman sent me consisted of 33 pages, three sections of eleven pages each. Section I said (in eleven pages): Jobs are wonderful; everyone should have one. Section II renamed the Unemployment Offices as the Full Employment Offices, and the person in charge of each office would have the title of Full Employment Officer. The third Section provided that job seekers would be guaranteed a suitable job at a suitable compensation. Furthermore, any job seeker could sue the Full Employment Officer if no suitable position could be found.

The good news is that the bill President Carter signed had been stripped of Sections II & III. All that remains is Section I: Jobs are wonderful; everyone should have one!

I offer substitution language for the Obaminable bill before Congress.

A Medical Bill Congress Should Pass

Federal Subsidy for Victims of Crime

This bill is based on actual law on the books of Connecticut. In Connecticut any person (or legal entity) who owns and registers a motor vehicle to be driven on the public roads must carry insurance to provide medical care to anyone he might injure as a result of his negligence. In such instances where the driver does not have insurance (or enough) to pay these monies, the State of Connecticut will assign an insurance company to pay medical costs and lost wages :: nothing more. [Now, I hear some people want Congress to tell Connecticut that it must allow its residents to buy their insurance in Kansas so as to reduce costs and premiums associated with uninsured drivers. {I have read in the New York Times that 25% of the drivers on the roads of Connecticut are not insured.}]

NOW FOR MY BILL:

The Federal Treasury will repay 80% of all monies paid by each state to victims of crimes for medical treatments and lost wages incurred as a direct result of crime or crimes against the victim. The individual States will be responsible for the minutia of administration of their programs.

Victims will be protected promptly. Twenty-five years ago a school bus on Congress Avenue in New Haven, Connecticut was riddled by gunfire injuring many students. After two years $2 million was paid for the care and treatment of the students and another $1 million went to all the lawyers. My suggestion would have largely removed the lawyers from the equation and considerably comforted and assured the victims and their parents. Everyone would have had his needs met much sooner.

 



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