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HMOS WASTE MONEY INTENDED FOR PATIENTS

Health maintenance organizations have vowed to "spend whatever it takes" to defeat new patients' rights legislation, and are organizing a massive public relations campaign to convince us that stronger rights are not in our best interest. Ironically, every one of the millions of dollars they are using to defeat patients' rights is a health care dollar. That means that we, the consumers, are funding this campaign against our own best interests.

If HMOs were barred from using our money for public relations purposes, for paying themselves huge salaries or from "donating" millions to politicians, perhaps there would be enough health care dollars left for our health care.

LYNN O'CONNOR

Orchard Park

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