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REACTION
Continued from page 1
pressed with the president's speech
and commitment to reform.
"It didn't have any bull," Truitt
said, contrasting it with most other
political speeches and plans to re-
form health care.
Jason Levien, a campus coordi-
nator of the National Campaign for
Health Care, said he thought this
was the "best political speech of
(Clinton's) life."
"He seemed more focused and
more dedicated and really commit-
ted to passing this plan," said Levien,
a first-year Law student.
Some studentsjokingly compared
the president's health care card with
an ATM card. Others made jokes
about the president's and first lady's
haircuts, and munched on snacks.
But despite the levity, the group
watched with concern and hope.
Clinton singled out 20-year olds
as a group that will have to pay more
for their health care costs, but said
that they should pay more now, in
exchange for greater coverage later
in life.
Diane King, a first-year Public
Policy student, said she did not mind

having to pay more but is concerned
with how her parents, who now pay
for her insurance, will be affected.
"It was really good how he re-
lated the speech to the middle class,
trying to gain momentum for the
plan," King said.
Lea Hicks, a third-year medical
student, said she was not concerned
that the plan would affect her future
income and was glad that the presi-
dent focused on preventative care.
"I think it is pretty clear there is a
need for reform," Hicks said. "Doc-
tors make more than enough money."
Jerome Strong, who was one of
21 individuals selected to discuss
health care with the president in a
Rose Garden meeting last week,
spoke to students about his confi-
dence in the president's plan.
"I think that this plan has a good
chance of passage," Strong said, who
had a liver transplant thme years ago.
"My main concern was ensuring
that those with pre-existing condi-
tions would be covered and I am
confident that they will."
Levien said Rep. William Ford
(D-Ypsilanti), a key player in the
bill's success or failure in Congress,
had agreed to come to campus to
discuss health care reform.

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CLINTON
Continued from page 1
Medicare and Medicaid. The White
House deliberately left vague the
financing details, one of the thorni-
est issues to come.
Growth in the government's two
biggest health programs, Medicare
and Medicaid, would be slowed by
$238 billion over five years, though
many in Congress say it's politi-
cally unrealistic to cut that deeply

on care for the elderly and the poor.
There are questions about how
Clinton would pay for the program.
He's certain to seek a sizeable boost
in cigarette taxes but its unclear
how big. Also possible is a tax on
corporations thatopt out of the health
alliances and set up their own pro-
grams.
There's formidable opposition
from powerful groups representing
small businesses, insurance compa-
nies, drug manufacturers, hospitals
and doctors.

Health care reform is issue No. 1
in Clinton's agenda. It's the issue by
which Clinton's administration wil
be judged.
Since 1912 when Theodore
Roosevelt called for national health
insurance, many attempts have been
made to enact universal coverage.
This time, prospects appear bet-
ter because Clinton is staking his
presidency on the issue and taking a
high-profile lead.
"And I think now you've finally
got everybody in the country fo-

cused on it, so I think we have a
moment in history when we can
seize it and move forward if we can
maintain this determination to stay
in touch with the real problems of
our people and the sort of spirit that
we have now of working together,"
Clinton said.
"There's too much government
in this bill," said Michael Bromberg,
executive director of the Federation
ofAmerican Health Systems, which
represents 1,400 for-profit hospi-
tals.

REGENTS
Continued from page 1
pline of a student at a public school or
university;
strategy and negotiation ses-
sions; and,
current, pending litigation.
This afternoon, the regents will
make use of this clause and meet be-
hind closed doors. University offi-
cials said the meeting would be pri-
vate because the regents are discuss-
ing a specific staff member. It has
been reported that Duderstadt's salary
will be discussed.
After the meeting are public com-

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ments - during which members of
the University community have the
opportunity to address the board for
five minutes.
Tomorrow, the regents will con-
duct several discussions regarding the
University's new budget, which the
board approved at its July meeting. As
well, University officials will present
a wrap-up of the 1992-93 fiscal year,
which will include official statements
and other year-end essentials.
After this, the board will address
the regular items on the meeting
agenda.
The regents will address several
important issues during this month's
meeting.
Theboard will vote onDuderstadt's
recommendation of Joe Roberson to
become the University's eighth ath-
letic director.
Regents Laurence Deitch (D-
Bloomfield Hills) and Rebecca
McGowan (D-Ann Arbor) are plan-
ning to propose an amendment to
Regents' Bylaw 14.06, which details
the University's discriminatory ha-
rassment policy. The two
boardmembers wish to amend the
bylaw to prohibit discrimination on
the basis of sexual orientation.
Many students and members of
the University's gay community plan
to address the regents about the bylaw
proposal during public comments this
afternoon.
Boardmembers will also vote on
title changes for three top University
administrators.
House cuts
$284 million
from 'pork'
roads bill
WASHINGTON (AP) - The
House ended amonths-long feud over
turf and pork yesterday, voting 281-
154 to remove $284 million in tar-
geted highway spending from the an-
nual roads and transit bill.
The action is considered a huge
blow to Michigan because that state
was slated to receive about a third of
the money eliminated in the bill, which
was negotiated by Michigan Rep. Bob
Carr (D-East Lansing).
Work on the bill isn't completed.
The House continued debate on the
overall $13.8 billion transportation
appropriations bill to provide federal
aid to highways, rapid transit and the
aviation system through Sept. 30,
1994, the end of the next fiscal year.
Rep. Norman Mineta (D-Calif.)

Continued from page 1
The most significant impact of
amending bylaw 14.06 to include
sexual orientation, Toy commented,
is thatitwould alsonecessitate amend-
ing the University's non-discrimina-
tion logo that appears on virtually all
publications.
Although bylaw 14.06 has been
discussed at regents' meetings, Deitch
said, the board has never actually voted
to amend the discrimination policy.
But McGowan and Deitch both

said they feel optimistic about the
proposal.
"I believe that a majority of our
colleagues share our views that this is
the right thing to do and the right time
to do it, so let's just do it and move on
with other business," McGowan said.
"There are over 150 universities
and colleges with such policies. This
is not something in which the Univer-
sity of Michigan is showing an enor-
mous amount of leadership," she
added.

RUSSIA
Continued from page 1
stripping them of power and calling
for elections to replace them in De-
cember.
Led by speaker Ruslan
Khasbulatov, the legislators declared
Yeltsin's action unconstitutional and
moved to impeach him. They named
Vice President Alexander Rutskoi act-
ing president and voted to replace the
heads of the military, police and secu-
rity police.
Legislators were trying to bring
Yeltsin's ouster to a vote before the
full parliament. Legislator Ivan
Shashviashvili said 600 of the 1,041
members of the congress had signed
up for a session set for tomorrow; 689
are needed for a quorum.
The lawmakers urged Prime Min-
ister Viktor Chernomyrdin to join
them. In an emotional speech to re-
gional leaders yesterday,

Chernomyrdin called his support for
Yeltsin "unequivocal" and said new
elections are necessary to bring sta-
bility to Russia. He urged calm until
then.
"Would we unleash a massacre
because of two months? Would his-
tory and the people forgive us?" he
asked.
Chernomyrdin said the Cabinet
backed Yeltsin, although Foreign Eco-
nomics Minister Sergei Glaziev sub-
mitted his resignation, calling Yeltsin's
decree unconstitutional.
The lawmakers ordered troops to
defend the White House and follow
the commands of the man they named
defense minister, Col. Gen.
Vyacheslav Achalov. Grachev,
Yeltsin's defense minister, said the
military was ignoring those orders.
Yeltsin aides said Achalov would
be dismissed from the military.
Outside the parliament, Rutskoi
urged supporters to resist Yeltsin.

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