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Vol. LXXXX, No. 78

Ann Arbor, Michigan-Sunday, December 9, 1979

Ten Cents

Ten Pages plus Supplement


'U' may sponsor Health Maintei
By JOHN GOYER The University is currently spending $150,000 HMO would be the one stop, 24-hour service

Norman Nelson's eyesight was failing. So
when the retired University English professor
returned to Ann Arbor some years ago after
living in Europe, the first place he went was
University Hospital to seek out the physician
who had cared for his eyesight for more than 25
But the doctor had retired, and Nelson was
referred from one specialist to another.
AS THE BILLS for Nelson's treatment star-
ted adding up, he began searching for alter-
native forms of better and cheaper health care.
It was the mid-70s when Nelson and about 20
other University faculty and staff began
pushing for such an alternative in a health plan
called the Health Maintenance Organization

to study the feasibility of establishing an HMO
in Ann Arbor.
HMOS ARE different from traditional health
insurance programs because they not only pay
for health care, they provide it.
Traditional health insurers, such as Blue
Cross and Blue Shield, reimburse a physician
each time a subscriber goes for ar office visit.
But an HMO combines the physician and the
insurer into one organization.
There are about 250 HMO's operating
nationally now, with six in Detroit alone.
With a large enough group of enrollees, the
HMO can also provide specialized care,
without a long chain of referrals or a new set of
FOR NELSON, the main advantage of an

provided by some HMOs with their own clinics
or hospitals. There would also be the advantage
of a flat monthly fee instead of individual bills.
According to Ralph Loomis, a professor of
English in the College of Engineering and one
of the original HMO backers, the health
benefits currently provided to University em-
ployees are insufficient.
Loomis said other groups of employees,
especially those unionized, have better health
care fringe benefits. For example, he said the
University now does not pay for many tests or
visits to specialists.
(THE UNIVERSITY'S health plan does pay
for such services, but only on a $100 deductible
basis - the patient pays the first $100 cost of a
visit to a specialist or a test.)

rtance Organ
For Donald Thiel, the University's director of medicine, ra
staff benefits, the advantages of an HMO would it occurs, ac
be purely financial. sultant hire
Thiel said the University pays 87 per cent of possibility o
the cost of the two health plans that currently "People w
cover employees, which added up to $6.6 hospital day
million in 1975-76. This school year it added up munity," Se
to $12.6 million. Segadellia
"WE SAW IT (the HMO) as a way of at least same to a (
dampening that increase," Thiel said. Shield, butt
THiel said the University had looked at an much broad
HMO before Loomis' group began to press for HE SAID
one, but the cost incentive was absent before. tracted to an
Proponents of HMOs say they help hold down ts are very1
health care costs because doctors who are paid comprehens
in advance are not motivated to order un- HMO fees w
needed tests or drugs. posed to th
IN ADDITION, HMO's stress preventive Services.

ather than treating a disease after
ccording to Louis Segadelli, a con-
d by the University to study the
f an HMO here.
rho are enrolled in HMO's use fewer
ys than people- in the larger com-
gadelli said.
added that HMO's cost is about the
consumer as Blue Cross and Blue
the range of services provided is
students would probably not be at-
n HMO because, as a group, studen-
healthy and they do not need the
ive care of an HMO. In addition,
ould be about $40 per month, as op-
e $23 per term for Student Health
See 'U', Page 5

Iran to form panel to

probe U.S.


From AP, UPI, and Reuter
TEHRAN, Iran-The Iranian regime
said yesterday it was forming an inter-
national panel to help investigate
alleged spying by the U.S. Embassy
hostages and American "crimes"
against Iran under the shah.
The new plan, appeared to be a fur-
ther challenge to the Carter admin-
sitration, which already has expressed
outrage over Iran's intentions to put
hostages on trial. Iran's foreign
.minister says he will announce a trial
date for the embassy "spies" today.
Washington briefing yesterday that
Carter feels Iran's grievances can be
dealt with in an appropriate forum, but
only after the 50 Americans are freed
from the embassy, seized by the
militants on Nov. 4.
Carter is considering seeking a world
trade embargo against Iran-including
food-and has told Secretary of State
Cyrus Vance to discuss the matter with
European leaders, it was learned
The plans for an international in-
vestigatory panel were disclosed by
Iranian Foreign Minister Sadegh Ghot-
zadeh in a newspaper interview.
He said Iran was inviting "anti-im-
perialist and anti-zionist personalities"
to join the commission.
"THE IMAM (Kohemini) has deter-
mined that the crimes of the American
government against the Moslem people
of Iran should be revealed to the
world," Ghotbzadeh told the Persian-
language newspaper Bamdad.
He said the panel would consider
alleged U.S. crimes against Iran since
the CIA-backed overthrow of
nationalist'Prime Minister Mohammed
Mossadegh and the restoration of Shah
Mohammad Reva Pahlavi to Iran's
Peacock Throne in 1953.
In a broadcast message, the students
holding the hostages accused a man
who they said was a close aide of

Iranian revolutionary leader Ayatollah
Ruhollah Khomeini of spying for the
Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
They said the information was based on
documents which they said were
captured in the embassy.
The named the man as Mehdi
Roughani and told Reuter by
telephone he was responsible for fixing
the Ayatollah's appointments. Aides at,
Ayatollah Khomeini's residence in the
holy city of Qom told Reuter they had
never heard of the man.
IN ANOTHER interview, also recor-
ded in the embassy, the students
categorically ruled out the release of
any more hostages unless the U.S.
government acceded to their demands
that the shah be returned to stand trial
for alleged crimes.
Carter, it was said yesterday, takes a
dim view of Ghotbzadeh's announ-
cement of an international commission

to consider U.S. actions in that country
and "the American spies who passed
themselves off as diplomats." Carter
believes the United Nations Security
Council's -call for release of all hostages
takes precedence over any com-
The president believes the United
Nations could provide an adequate
forum for airing Iranian grievances. He
also thinks the courts in the United
States, in Switzerland or in Iran itself
might properly take up charges against
the deposed shah.
AS FOR DOMESTIC politics, the
president seems confident the unwan-
ted crisis has helped him undercut the
campaign of Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-
Mass.), his chief rival for the
Democratic Party's presidential

r * Daily Photo by JIM KR UZ
Nappngbetween the lines PoJ
Even his studies couldn't keep this unidentified student awake yesterday afternoon in the Undergraduate Library.
Greene announces Council bid

Turkish Iranians defy
Khomeini government
TABRIZ, Iran (AP) - Ethnic United States. Two students at the oc-


Second Ward Democratic Council
member Earl Greene, opening his
campaign for re-election to City Council
yesterday, advocated traditional
Democratic solutions to problems that
have plagued the city for several years.
He cited expensive housing, in-
creased crime, a lack of downtown
parking, and problems of solid waste
disposal as some of the issues that he
thinks Council has failed to adequately
IN HIS BID for a third two-year term
on Council, Greene's real challenge is
likely to come in the February city
primary, when he will face Democratic
council candidates and LSA junior
Stacey Stephanopoulos.
Stephanopoulos has organized a student

political group for her campaign and
has the backing of some of the city's
rank and file Democrats.
"It's not a question of who's older or
who's younger, it's a question of who
can do the job," Green said.
Greene yesterday resurrected some
of the city Democratic party's causes
that have lain dormant in a Republican
dominated Council.
HE ADVOCATED the establishment
of a downtown development authority
(DDA), which could borrow money at
low interest rates to finance rental
housing in downtown.
The DDA, which has been discussed
in Ann Arbor for some time, would be
similar to the city's Economic
Development Corporation (EDC). But
unlike the EDC, which was established

a year-and-a-half ago to fund commer-
cial and industrial development, the
DDA would direct its finances solely to
The DDA, according to Greene,
would also play a larger financial role
in its projects than the EDC. This would
create a greater financial risk to the
GREENE'S solutions, as outlined
yesterday, would in many cases rely on
See GREENE, Page 5

Turkish rebels sent five American- cupied U.S. E
made jet fighters screaming over this document
northwest Iranian city in a show of Marghaie as
strength yesterday against Ayatollah Khomeini wa
Ruhollah Khomeini's central gover- elements of t
nment in Tehran. the shah in
The rebels, including some members when Khomei
of the Iranian armed forces, seized the Also in T
Tabriz radio-television station and air- Khomeinii
port Thursday and drove the provincial headquarters
governor from his mansion. detained nin
RELIABLE SOURCES here said they various rep
refused to allow two planes carrying Moghadam-1
Khomeini's revolutionary guards to secretary-gen
land at the local airport Friday. A spokesl
In Tehran, 300 miles to the southeast, MohammedF
a special state television programac- Moslem Peo
cused Rahmatola Moghadam- which is tied t
Marghaie, a political leader of Iran's he believed th
Turkish minority, of spying for the Khomeini's re

mbassy said they found a
quoting Moghadam-
telling U.S. officials that
s old-he is 79-and that
he revolution that ousted
January would be weak
ni dies.
ehran a band -of pro-
militants seized the
of the Radical Party and
e persons, according to
ports. Witnesses said
Marghaie, the party's
eral, escaped.
person for Ayatollah
Kazem Shariat-Madari's
pie's Party in Tabriz,
to the Radical Party, said
e raid was carried out by
volutionary guards.

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Soviets outline plan to
open Chinese relations

MOSCOW (Reuter)-The Soviet
Union outlined yesterday its plan for
normal relatons with its Communist
arch-rival, China, but early acceptance
by Peking looked unlikely.
The Kremlin, in a clearly
authoritative article in the Communist
newspaper Pravda, published a draft
declaration of principles for future
relations with Peking. The draft was
put to Chinese negotiators during an
apparently inconclusive first round of
talks which ended in Moscow Nov. 30.

THE CHINESE side, headed by
Deputy Foreign Minister Wang
Youping, is believed to have indicated it
wants major differences to be ironed
out before a declaration of principles is
In the Pravad article signed by Igor
Alexandrov, regarded as the pen name
of a member of the ruling Politburo, the
Kremlin reaffirmed its desire to nor-
malize relations with China and end 15
See SINO,.Page 2

Angus Wilson is a novelist who never
dreamed of becoming a writer, an
Englishman who spends little time in
England, and a gregarious, witty
character who often prefers wildlife
and architecture to people and parties.
To many of his 84 students this term,
Wilson is simply "Angus," an eccentric
combination of wit, satire, and sen-
AS A VISITING professor in the
English Department this term, the 66-
year-old writer is teaching a small
creative writing seminar and a larger
lecture class on Victorian literature. In
addition to his classroom activities,
Wilson has given a number of lectures
See 'ANGUS', Page 7

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says the company will redesign the spoons. The Maynard
Street Mac's is still giving them out and doesn't know
anything about the order. One coke enthusiast, who asked
to remain anonymous, said he thought the bowl of the spoon
is too large for most users."You'd get a real healthy hit off
that thing." F
Expletives analyzed
Reidnhold Aman swersri that curing in Ame~ricaI has


blasphemy; and Anglo-Saxon swearers prefer references to
sex and body functions.
On the inside
Industrial toxic wastes threaten the state, on the editorial
page .. .See the results of the basketball game at Mar-
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