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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

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Monday, August 7, 1995
Volume 31--Number 31
Pages 1335-1381

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Addresses and Remarks

    Congressional action on appropriations legislation--1350
    Fraternal Order of Police--1353
    National Governors' Association in Burlington, VT--1342
    Political reform--1374
    Radio address--1335
    Report on the state of American education--1360
    Senior citizens, question-and-answer session on Medicare--1337
    State dinner for President Kim of South Korea--1335

Bill Signings

    District of Columbia Emergency Highway Relief Act, statement--1378
    Emergency supplemental appropriations and rescissions legislation, 

Communications to Congress

    Bulgaria-U.S. nuclear cooperation agreement, message transmitting--
    District of Columbia financial authority budget, message 
    Energy policy report, message transmitting--1379
    National Urban Policy Report, message transmitting--1364

Communications to Federal Agencies

    Bosnia, assistance to United Nations Rapid Reaction Force, 
        memorandums--1350, 1373
    Timber salvage legislation, memorandum--1356

Executive Orders

    Access to Classified Information--1365
    Metro North Commuter Railroad labor dispute, emergency board 

Interviews With the News Media

    Exchanges with reporters
        Briefing Room--1350
        Cabinet Room--1360
        Oval Office--1374

Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    South Korea, President Kim--1335

Statements by the President

    See also Bill Signings
    Death of Maj. Richard J. Meadows--1342
    Hurricane Erin--1361
    Oil and gas drilling on the Outer Continental Shelf--1349
    Telecommunications reform, proposed legislation--1355
    Voting Rights Act, 30th anniversary--1376
    Welfare reform, proposed legislation--1361

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--1381
    Checklist of White House press releases--1381
    Digest of other White House announcements--1380
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--1381


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Monday, August 7, 1995
Volume 31--Number 31
Pages 1335-1381
Week Ending Friday, August 4, 1995
Remarks at a State Dinner for President Kim Yong-sam of South Korea

July 27, 1995

    Let me welcome President and Mrs. Kim, the members of the delegation 
from the Republic of Korea. To all of our distinguished guests, Hillary 
and I are delighted to have you here in the White House. I have 
especially enjoyed this day that I have spent with President Kim, a man 
whose extraordinary resilience is matched only by his commitment to 
    Mr. President, this is our fourth meeting. And if you'll permit me 
just a personal note, I am struck by how much we have in common. We were 
both elected to office at an early age. You won a seat in your National 
Assembly when you were just 25. You entered the Blue House just a month 
after I came to the White House. Or to put it in another way, we have 
both spent the past 20,000 hours or so dealing with our respective 
Congresses and fielding hard questions from the press. [Laughter] I'm 
happy to say that President Kim is also an enthusiastic jogger who 
permitted me to jog with him in Korea. And even in this heat, Mr. 
President, after this meal, we may have to run an extra mile together 
tomorrow. [Laughter]
    Mr. President, for all the things we have in common, I must also 
comment on something that sets you apart from most other leaders in the 
world today. And that is the extraordinary hardship you endured and the 
courage you displayed to bring democracy to your country. Your many 
years in opposition were marked by jail terms, years of house arrest, an 
assassination attempt, and a 23-day hunger strike that almost took your 
life. As you once put it, a short life of integrity is better than a 
long life in disgrace.
    But you persisted, and you prevailed. At your inauguration you said, 
``Deep in my heart I have a vision of a new Korea, a freer and more 
mature democracy. At last we have established a government by the people 
and of the people of this land.'' Now, under your leadership, Korea is 
taking its rightful place in the world as both a thriving economy and a 
dynamic democracy.
    Mr. President, the bonds between our people, forged in the fires of 
war upon your land, have only grown stronger with time. We are united 
now by a history of shared sacrifice and a future of common purpose. 
These are our common goals: lasting peace, security, and reconciliation 
on the Korean Peninsula; a stable and prosperous Asia-Pacific region; a 
rising tide of democracy around the world. Working together, the 
Republic of Korea and the United States can help to achieve them.
    Mr. President, when I visited you 2 years ago, you presented me with 
a beautiful work of calligraphy with your favorite saying: Taedo Mumun, 
Righteousness overcomes all obstacles. Mr. President, tonight, in the 
presence of so many people from your country, so many Korean-Americans, 
your wonderful wife, and your two daughters who live in our country, I 
ask everyone in this room to raise a glass to a man who, through his own 
righteousness, has overcome all obstacles: Kim Yong-sam. To you, Mr. 
President, and to the enduring friendship between our two great nations.

Note: The President spoke at 8:30 p.m. in the State Dining Room at the 
White House. In his remarks, he referred to President Kim's wife, Kim 
Myoung Soon, and his daughters, Lee Hye Young and Song Hye Kyung. This 
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Monday, August 7, 1995
Volume 31--Number 31
Pages 1335-1381
Week Ending Friday, August 4, 1995
Radio Address by the President and Hillary Clinton on Medicare

July 29, 1995

    The President. Good morning. This morning I'm speaking to you from 
the Oval Office with the First Lady. And we're joined

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by families from all across our country, grandparents, parents, and 
children, including Hillary's mother and my stepfather. We want to talk 
with you this morning about the respect and dignity we owe to older 
Americans and the security we owe to their families.
    This weekend we're celebrating the 30th anniversary of the passage 
of Medicare. Guaranteed health care for older and disabled Americans is 
now so much a part of our lives that it's easy to forget how growing old 
once meant growing poor in our country. In 1965, over one-third of older 
Americans were poor, and half of them were uninsured.
    I remember because my mother was a nurse-anesthetist, and older 
people without insurance would sometimes come to our house, offering to 
mow our lawn or bringing a bushel of peaches to pay for her services. 
These Americans had worked hard their whole lives, they didn't have any 
health insurance, and they were in danger of losing their health.
    Vice President Gore's father, Senator Al Gore, Sr., was in the 
Senate back in 1965 when he said that this was a disgrace in a country 
such as ours. Senator Gore helped to create Medicare to put an end to 
that disgrace. And since then, Medicare has lifted millions of seniors 
out of poverty and provided insurance for almost every older American.
    Mrs. Clinton. We need to remember that Medicare is not just 
important for older men and women, it is a compact across generations. 
Medicare means that we don't have to choose between doing right by our 
parents and giving our children the opportunities they deserve.
    A friend of ours told me a story about how, before Medicare, her 
mother would take a part of her paycheck each week and put it in an 
envelope to pay for an aging parent's health care bills. That meant the 
family had less money for putting food on the table or sending their 
children to college or saving for their own retirement. That's the way 
it was for families before Medicare and the way it could be again for 
all families, especially those of us with both responsibilities for 
parents and children.
    Parents ought to be able to save for their children's college and 
protect their parents' health. And Medicare means they can. It certainly 
has been there for our family and for the Vice President's.
    You may know that the President and I have both lost parents in the 
last 2\1/2\ years. We've sat in those hospital waiting rooms. We've been 
in those intensive care units. And we've also experienced in the past 
week with the Vice President the joy of having his mother come out of 
the hospital. For all our worries, the one thing we didn't have to worry 
about was a mountain of health care bills. Medicare was there.
    That is the story for millions of Americans, people like Arthur 
Flemming and Genevieve Johnson, who are here with us. Mr. Flemming 
helped start Medicare 30 years ago. And Mrs. Johnson was among the first 
people to benefit from it. Today, both are in their nineties and receive 
Medicare, and both have worked tirelessly to make sure Medicare will be 
there for their grandchildren, too. And I think it's because they know 
what life is like for most older Americans. The median income for women 
over 65 in our country is $8,500 a year.
    The President. To preserve Medicare for all of our grandchildren we 
do have to strengthen the Medicare trust fund, which holds the money we 
all pay in to cover hospital, nursing homes, and home health bills. I've 
been working to reform Medicare since I took office, and frankly, the 
trust fund is in better shape than it was when I did take office. But 
real reform is about making the situation better, not worse. Real reform 
means fixing the trust fund without putting beneficiaries in a fix.
    I also believe we have to balance the budget. But I know we can do 
that and strengthen the trust fund without rolling back 30 years of 
progress against poverty and fear for older Americans. That's what my 
balanced budget will do. It will eliminate the deficit, secure the 
Medicare trust fund, and still protect older Americans from one penny in 
new Medicare costs. Times are tough enough without forcing families to 
pay more to keep the health care they have right now.
    The congressional majority sees it differently. They are now willing 
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shoring up the trust fund, but they want to do it in a way I don't agree 
with, that goes way too far, because they insist on such a huge tax cut 
that also make older couples pay $5,600 more out of their pockets over 
the next few years. For people who don't have that kind of money, the 

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