because thev can’t afford it. With averagernrestaurant profits at 4 percent ofrngross, $500,000 in sales produces $20,000rnin profits, before taxes. Nationwide,rnmore than three-quarters of all eatingrnand drinking establishments, somern525,000 businesses, have sales underrn$500,000.rnPresident Clinton’s Council of PxonomiernAdvisors concludes that the jobrnlosses from the administration’s healthrncare plan will be at least 600,000. Thatrnestimate hasn’t killed the plan—inrnCongress, the losses are “acceptable,” arnterm reminiscent of how the governmentrnreported losses in ‘Vietnam—rn”only” 600,000 jobs, or perhaps 800,000.rnA current study bv the Employment Policiesrnhistitute in Washington, D.C., putsrn”the job loss under the current planrnat 3.1 million.” Carlos Bonilla, chiefrneconomist at the institute, says: “Ironically,rnthe Clinton health care plan mayrnultimatelv hurt those it was designed tornhelp, the low-income wage earner.”rnIn the case of restaurants, that figurernstrikes directly at Pennsvlvania’s secondlargestrnemployment sector. Further, thernemployees who will lose their jobs inrnrestaurants because of health mandatesrnare the people candidate Clintonrnpromised to help—”the ones wbo do thernwork and play b” the rules”—a food servicernworkforce that’s disproportionatelyrnmade up of first-time job-holders,rnwomen, people who need flexible hours,rnstudents, and minorities.rnWorse, we’re being asked to buy arnhealth care plan that is dangerous to ourrnhealth because of the kind of jobs it destroys.rnDr. M. Ilarvey Brenner, Professorrnat the Johns Hopkins University’s Schoolrnof Hygiene and Public Health, reportedrnto the Joint Economic Committee, U.S.rnCongress, that the “typical finding isrnthat for every one percent increase inrnthe unemployment rate, there is a twornpercent increase over a 6-10 year periodrnin the mortality rate.” In short, the Clintonrnhealth care plan will take its toll inrncirrhosis of the liver, heart disease, infantrnmortality, motor vehicle accidents, lungrncancer, homicide, and suicide.rnIt’s clearly time for a new Clintonrnsummit on health care and economies,rnthis time with the small business innovatorsrnand risk-takers who are carryingrnthis economy and with the physiciansrnand other health care professionals whornhave created the world’s best healthrncare system. This time let’s not stackrnthe deck vith 1y League collectivists.rndreamv policy wonks, old college roommates,rnand all those litigious elitists whornwant to wrap the rest of us up in redrntape.rnRalph R. Reiland is a restaurateur andrnan assistant professor of economics atrnRobert Morris College in Pittsburgh.rnLetter FromrnSarajevornby Boiisa Starovic, M.D.rnTour in HellrnI have just escaped from 15 months in arnhell that I once knew as Sarajevo. Oursrnis the fourth generation of my family tornclaim this ancient, cosmopolitan, multiethnicrncity as our home. My family isrnclassified as Eastern Orthodox Christian.rnIn the context of the present war, thatrnmakes us Serbs. I ha’e lixcd most of mvrnlife under the communist regime of JosiprnBroz Tito. Wc were all called Yugoslavs.rnThe atheistic communists did not outlawrnthe practice of religion; they simplyrndiscouraged it. It was not politically orrnsocialK acceptable to attend church or tornobscre the rites of any religion.rnSarajevo is the capital city of Bosnia-rnHerzegovina. Our people are eitherrnEastern Orthodox Christian Serbs, RomanrnCatholic Croats, or Muslims. Butrnthe same Slavic blood flows through allrnour veins. Our ethnic preferences werernset by our ancestors for historic reasons,rnusually as a condition for survival. Butrnwhen the Berlin Wall was razed and thernIron Curtain collapsed, ethnic walls werernraised all over Eastern Europe, and sornwe can no longer be known as Yugoslavs.rnOur civil war has been called by manyrna religious war. That is not quite true. Itrnis a war for freedom and self-determination.rnOur religious heritage only determinesrnthe uniform the soldiers wear.rnThe Serbian Republic along with thernRepublic of Montenegro form what remainsrnof the Eederal Yugoslav Republic.rnArticle 13 of the Serbian constitutionrnguarantees freedom of religion, just asrnthe United States Constitution does. Allrncitizens are considered equal in the evesrnof the state. Serbs believe in the separationrnof church and state. This is not so inrnCroatia, where only Croats (RomanrnCatholics) are guaranteed the full rightsrnof citizenship. Nor is it true in Bosnia-rnHerzegovina, where only Muslims canrnhold office, hold government jobs, teachrnin the schools, or otherwise benefit fromrnfull citizenship. In Muslim countries thernchurch is the state. These basic differencesrnin the rights of minority citizensrnare the true root of the conflict.rnThis difference is worsened by thernborders of our breakaway republics. Thernnew borders, the ones the breakaways ofrnCroatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina nowrnclaim, arc not the same borders that theyrnbrought to Yugoslavia when it wasrnformed in 1919 bv the Treaty of Versailles.rnThey are “administrative borders,”rnestablished by Tito for the solernpurpose of better managing the internalrnaffairs of the communist state. Theyrnhave no historic significance. But theyrnplace thousands of Serbs, mostly farmers,rnin new republics that deny them fullrnrights of citizenship because of the religiousrnpreference of their ancestors.rnThough only about 20 to 30 percent ofrnformer Yugoslavs actually practice thernreligion of their ancestors, they cannotrnescape the label or the consequences.rnI have been the dean of the medicalrnLET USrnKNOWrnBEFORErnYOU GO!rnTo assure uninterrupted delivery ofrnCHRONICLES please notify us inrnadvance. 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