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Politics / Medicare #160123

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, May 03, 1995
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(White House: Brit Hume) The political debate over containing the cost of Medicare featured; scenes shown from a conference on aging. [President CLINTON - opposes cutting Medicare and Medicaid to slash taxes.] Letter to Clinton from Senator Bob Dole and Representative Newt Gingrich asking for cooperation on Medicare quoted. [GINGRICH - responds to the president.] The Republicans' need to curb Medicare spending to meet their promises of a balanced budget and a tax cut noted.

(Washington: Michele Norris) The escalating cost to the federal government of Medicare for the aged examined. [Former Congressional Budget Office director Robert REISCHAUER - says the deficit cannot be reduced without cutting Medicare.] [Older WOMAN - lists her financial choices.] Options considered by the Republicans outlined. [Health care consultant Guy KING, REISCHAUER - comment on some options.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Statistics from the Census Bureau report on the population over 65 outlined.

Hume, Brit;
Jennings, Peter;
Norris, Michele

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