Clinton Proposes Cuts to Medicare

January 24, 1997

This week, President Clinton unveiled his plan to reform Medicare, the federal health insurance program that guarantees medical care to the elderly. The proposal included a plan to slash Medicare spending by $140 billion over the next six years. Although the heavy cuts in Medicare appeared to contradict President Clinton’s campaign pledges last year, it was widely seen as a conciliatory gesture to the Republican-controlled Congress. But what does this new plan mean and who will pay for the cuts?


KAREN DAVIS, of the Commonwealth Fund, a NY-based foundation that supports health and social research. She testified before the Senate Budget Committee yesterday on welfare.

JOE BAKER, the associate director of the New York-based Medicare Rights Center.