THE PRESIDENT'S MEDICARE PROPOSAL
(House of Representatives - July 01, 1999)

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                   THE PRESIDENT'S MEDICARE PROPOSAL

  (Ms. WOOLSEY asked and was given permission to address the House for 
1 minute and to revise and extend her remarks.)
  Ms. WOOLSEY. Mr. Speaker, it is time that this Congress gets smart 
and starts to invest in our 39 million Medicare beneficiaries. I urge 
my colleagues to stop hemming and hawing and take heed of the needs of 
our seniors.
  Plainly speaking, the President has a plan to save Medicare by 
dedicating 15 percent of the Federal budget surplus. The plan 
modernizes Medicare by adding a vital drug benefit, eliminating the 
copay on preventive services, providing a buy-in option for the 
vulnerable and offering needed assistance for low-income beneficiaries. 
The Republican leadership has no Medicare plan and really has only one 
choice. Roll up your sleeves, work with the Democrats, save Medicare.
  Mr. Speaker, we need to protect our seniors. We can do it and we can 
do it now.

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