I read with great interest Dr. Howard Pearson's recent "Letter from the President" article detailing his busy schedule of hob-nobbing in Washington, D.C. I was embarrassed for the man. Here's a guy who has been taken for a ride and he doesn't even realize it!! Now I can understand how Dr. Pearson and the other AAP top-brass could be star struck. They've been keeping some pretty heady company lately... No pediatrician can deny the attractiveness of basic and universal coverage for children. We all have anecdotes of those who have "fallen though the cracks." But what are we getting ourselves into?? The Clinton plan is in essence another federal entitlement program with its accompanying bureaucracy; a bureaucracy that will bear down on the medical world like a merciless taskmaster.