2 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, February 6, 1996
Governors meet to
discuss Medicaid fix
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WASHINGTON (AP) - Gov. John
Engler and dozens of other governors met
with President Clinton yesterday to try to
break the deadlock between the White
House and Congress on overhauling the
Medicaid and welfare systems.
Engler and other Republican gover-
nors expressed optimism that they were
close to getting a consensus on Medicaid
and welfare changes among all the gover-
nors-Democrats and Republicans alike.
But the next slippery step would be
writing it down so that the governors
could endorse it in a vote today before the
four-day governors' winter meeting here
Latelastnight, Wisconsin Gov. Tommy
Thompson, chairman of the National
Governors' Association, said the gover-
nors had reached an agreement on Med-
icaid and expected to have an understand-
ing on welfare by today.
Engler said under the broad outlines of
the agreement, governors would have
flexibility to design the system delivering
Medicaid benefits while "maintaining
guarantees that vulnerable populations
are not unprotected."
"It is a compromise," Engler said ofthe
The federal-state Medicaid program
for the poor eats up about 20 percent of
Michigan's general fund budget, and the
program is rapidly growing at about 10
percent a year.
Seven years ago, Medicaid was about
10 percent of the states' budgets, Republi-
can governors said. Now it is closer to 20
percent of the states' budgets on average
and "headed offinto the stratosphere in the
future," Engler said.
"It's such a terrible threat," he said.
Medicare trust fund lost money last yea
NEW YORK - Medicare's Hospital Insurance Trust Fund lost moneylas
year for the first time since 1972, twoyears earlierthan officials had predicted, Thi
New York Times reported yesterday.
"Things turned out a little worse than we expected," said Richard Foster, chief actuar
of the federal Health Care Financing Administration, which runs Medicare. "We ha
projected that 1997 would be the first fiscal year with a deficit."
In a report to Congress in April, the Clinton administration estimated that the s
fund would grow by $4.7 billion in the 1995 fiscal year, which ended Sept. 30. Bu
officials told the Times that in fact, the balance in the trust fund fell by $35.7 million
to $129.5 billion.
Foster said that income to the trust fund, mainly from payroll taxes, wa
slightly less than expected, and outlays were somewhat higher. There were mor
hospital admissions than anticipated, patients were sicker and hospitals file
claims faster than expected, he said.
The deficit, though relatively small, is significant because once the trust fun
starts losing money, the losses are expected to grow, the Times reported. No ta
increases are scheduled, and federal officials do not expect a reduction in theti
of growth of Medicare spending unless there is a budget deal between Pres
Clinton and Congress.
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receive more feedback from other stu-
"(Only) after the Martin Luther King
Jr. unity march and the press confer-
ence did the administration decide to
meet with us," said Ziehyun Huh, chair
of UAAO. "These demands have al-
ways been here."
Joe Willis, director of the office of
Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs, said he at-
tended the forum to observe the Alliance.
"I understand some of the concerns
and I am hoping the Alliance will sit
down to talk," Willis said.
He added that one of their demands,
the creation of a Minority Student Ser-
vice student advisory board, is already
Students who attended the forum ex-
pressed satisfaction with the Alliance.
"I'm in support for what Alliance
Four Justice is doing," said LSA senior
Laura Kota. "I think they're overtaking
a large project and I hope the adminis-
tration takes them seriously."
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during a sumo-suit wrestling match at Heochi's, a sports bar in Alaska.
Forbes, Dole argue
DES MOINES, Iowa-Dueling from
distant corners of Iowa, front-running
Republican presidential rivals Steve
Forbes and Bob Dole traded barbs yes-
terday over their electability and the
likely economic impact of a flat tax -
themes dominating the Iowa caucus
campaign as it enters its final week.
As the Iowa race showed furthersigns
of tightening between the Senate leader
from Kansas and the publishing heir
from New Jersey, other candidates also
tried to chip away at Forbes' standing
with religious conservatives, question-
ing him on social issues.
The combination, for the first time in
recent weeks, appeared to put Forbes
on the defensive for much of the day.
Angered by a recent Dole television
campaign ad that claimed his flat-tax
plan would raise the tax rate on many
middle-income Americans, Forbes,
campaigning by bus in western Iowa,
challenged Dole to a "one-on-one de-
Forbes responded to a growing flurry
of attacks by several rival campaigns
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woman Collins is not willing to respond
to our legitimate questions," Giles said.
McGruder said the negative press was
"based on the record" - including her
low attendance rate during roll-call votes,
andthe legislation she has introduced and
"seen into law."
Giles mentioned questions of Collins'
professional ethics, citing her "tendency
to fire employees due to alleged press
Collins was present foronly 75 percent
of congressional votes last year, the third-
worst attendance record in Congress in
Cooper said Collins' poor attendance
was due to personal and family illnesses.
Collins was hospitalized twice for a rup-
tured blood vessel in her colon and devel-
oped anemia as a result ofthe bleeding. In
addition to her mother falling ill, Collins
faced two deaths in her family.
"In (view) of her own health and her
family, 75 percent is dang-up good,"
Cooper asserted, adding that a "fair re-
view" of the allegations would prove
Collins' side of the story.
Giles said U.S. Sen. Carl Levin (D-
Detroit) also has declined to comment
during the strike, but his coverage has
been very positive.
"We haven't been putting any negative
spin on our news coverage," he added.
"We have not gone out of our way to
damage Congresswoman Collins.
"if she's got a side to tell, we'd love to
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Peres poised for May
elections in Israel
JERUSALEM-Israeli Prime Min-
ister Shimon Peres, soaring in opinion
polls and convinced that achieving peace
with Syria will take too long, is poised
to call early elections in May that would
amount to a decisive test of Israel's
course toward reconciliation with its
The prospect has unnerved an oppo-
sition still reeling from the assassina-
tion of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin
last November and the backlash it pro-
voked against the right. Likud Party
leader Binyamin Netanyahu, who ar-
gued for two years that the Laborlarty-
led government had no mandate for its
concessions to Syria and the Palestine
Liberation Organization, now describes
the expected early elections as a cynical
effort by Peres to "kidnap" a second
Peres, who made a joint appearance
yesterday with Secretary of State War-
ren Christopher, said he would not an-
nounce an election date until next week.
But he added "we shall ask for a man-
and activist groups overhis social view
insisting he opposed same-sex mar
CNN lawyers on air
LOS ANGELES - In a surpris
interview yesterday, a combative O.J
Simpson telephoned a panel of lawyer
on CNN and submitted to his mos
extensive public questioning about th
murders of his ex-wife and her friend
"I did not commit these crimes," h
said in an hourlong call to the progra
"Burden of Proof." "And it took all o
my life savings, virtually, to prove that
and it shouldn't be that way."
With exasperation in his v
Simpson denied he degraded or rept
edly abused Nicole Brown Simpson
played down a "Dear John" call from
girlfriend the morning of the murders
expressed suspicions the killings wer
linked to the drug problems of one o
Ms. Simpson's friends and suggested
police planted evidence.
Simpson said for the first time that h
armed himself two days after the mur
ders, for protection.
date to continue our negotiations," and
confidants have announced he will seek
to hold a ballot in late May. Christopher
was attempting to maintain momentum
in his quest for a Middle East peace
U.N. blames members
for Bosnian insecurity
UNITED NATIONS - Stung by
charges that it has been too slow to
field a civilian police force in Bosnia,
the United Nations yesterday put the
blame on countries that have not kept
their promises to provide perso*
or that sent officers who lack required
language and driving skills.
At a briefing and in an intervieW
later, Sylvana Foa, the U.N. spokes-
woman, struck back at growing com=
plaints from officials of NATO, the
Muslim-dominated Bosnian govern-
mrent and others that the absence of a
strong U.N. police presence could set
back implementation of the Balkans
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