Medicare In The '96 Elections

Among the many differences between President Bill Clinton (Democrat) and
Presidential Candidate Bob Dole (Republican), lays a common debate topic,
Healthcare. The issue is the fact that funding in Medicare's budget will not
last but another four years. Both Republicans and Democrats have ideas on how
this budget should be reformed, but the two have not yet come to a median
resolution. In the beginning of the Presidential campaign Medicare was a hot
topic. It will be shown that as Election Day drew nearer Republicans were
forced to attack President Clinton's policy because they had no substantial plan
of their own.
Prior to 1965, payment for a particular medical service was paid ...

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worrying about the cost . This
government funded program would subsidize the service of physicians, inpatient
hospital care and some limited home care. The money would come from that money
set aside for Social Security. Medicare, along with its sister program,
Medicaid, allow broad access to physician and hospital care to all disabled
Social Security recipients, most all elderly and some of the poor.
Medicare has two parts, A and B. Part A, which covers all enrollees,
covers hospital costs only. Part B, also known as Supplementary Medical
Insurance (SMI), is an optional plan for which a premium is charged. The SMI
plan covers 80 percent of office visits, preventive medicine, surgery and
diagnostic specialties (x-rays, etc.). What Medicare does not cover include:
hospital stays over 60 days, extended nursing-home care, or the cost of lengthy
illnesses. In the cases where Medicare will not cover costs, recipients usually
use secondary retirement programs either from ...

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clearly stated his actions and anticipation for the direction of Health Care."
The confidence of President Bill Clinton was prevalent. He spoke of his actions
as definite future President and not "if I become…." This confidence allowed
him to focus on the important issues such as making clear his position on Health
Care and outlining steps to take in order to accomplish his goals.
While Republican hopeful Bob Dole criticized the President's plan, he
had no concrete plan of his own. According to Senator Bob Kerry, the Republican
"balanced" budget plan is a phony; "we'll tax our children to poverty -- unless
we get control of Medicare." GOP Senator John Danforth agrees ...

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