WASHINGTON-Mandated health care benefits and the ``8/80'' warranty for auto emissions control equipment are the latest issues to come under fire from the National Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association. The NTDRA has asked members in six congressional districts-those of Reps. Richard Lehman, D-La., Jim Slattery, D-Kan., Rick Boucher, D-Va., Blanche Lambert, D-Ark., Lynn Schenk, D-Calif., and Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky, D-Pa.-to write to their representatives opposing mandated employer-paid health benefits.
All six legislators are members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and thought to be undecided on the health care issue, the NTDRA said.
The NTDRA publicized the letter of Ron Brutt, president of Brutt Tire and Auto Center, McKees Rocks, Pa., which already offers hospitalization and HMO benefits to its employees.
``I do not need the government to tell me what is best,'' Mr. Brutt said. ``What I do need is for the government to stop coming up with ways and means to eat up my profits through taxes and programs that basically benefit people who have little or no desire to work.''
Meanwhile, NTDRA Executive Vice President Philip P. Friedlander Jr. has written the Environmental Protection Agency, opposing a recommendation to extend an emissions control equipment warranty.
Under the Clean Air Act of 1990, the warranty for the catalytic converter, electronic emissions control unit and on-board emissions diagnostic device was extended to 8 years or 80,000 miles.
But an internal EPA document recently recommended adding items such as hoses and wires to the mandate.
In his letter, Mr. Friedlander said the EPA was overstepping the narrow definition of covered parts Congress intended.