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

Monday, July 10, 2000

Today, at the National Governorsí 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 nationís governors to continue to work aggressively to enroll all those eligible for Medicaid and State Childrenís 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 Americaís 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:



July 2000

July 31, 2000: Highlighting the Need for Drug Coverage for Medicare Beneficiaries with Disabilities

July 27, 2000: Challenging Congress to Act on America’s Priorities

July 26, 2000: Commemorating the 10th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

July 13, 2000: Announcing Major New Investments in Diabetes Research, Treatment, and Prevention

July 10, 2000: Warning Governors That Congressional Tax Plans Would Jeopardize Critical Investments In Health Care

July 7, 2000: Urging Congress to Act Now to Pass A Strong, Enforceable Patients' Bill of Rights

July 5, 2000: Eliminate Abusive Child Labor Around The World


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