Warning Governors That Congressional Tax Plans Would Jeopardize Critical Investments In Health Care

Monday, July 10, 2000

Monday, July 10, 2000

Today, at the National Governors’ Association summer conference, President Clinton challenged Congress to reject fiscally irresponsible tax cuts that would threaten investments in urgent health care priorities. The President highlighted the progress states have made in extending affordable insurance for more than 2 million children, and encouraged the nation’s governors to continue to work aggressively to enroll all those eligible for Medicaid and State Children’s Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP).

In addition, the President reiterated his opposition to Congressional proposals to reduce state funding for S-CHIP and state welfare programs, released a report promoting school-based outreach, and announce that the Department of Health and Human Services will issue guidance this month on approving S-CHIP 1115 demonstration waivers that expand coverage to uninsured children and their parents.

CONGRESSIONAL TAX PLANS WOULD JEOPARDIZE CRITICAL INVESTMENTS IN HEALTH CARE. The tax cuts already passed by the House would spend over $550 billion of the surplus, and if the Republican Congress continues on this path, they could pass tax cuts that would spend the entire on-budget surplus and more, leaving no money for America’s priorities, including crucial investments in health care.

TAKING MEDICARE OFF-BUDGET AND INVESTING IN HEALTH CARE. Now that the federal government is on a fiscally sound path, Medicaid and Medicare programs have become more efficient, and the life of the Medicare Trust Fund has been secured for a quarter century, the President issued a prescription for maintaining fiscal discipline while investing in health care which includes:

PROMOTING S-CHIP ENROLLMENT AND OUTREACH. At today's conference, President Clinton:

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