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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

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Monday, August 13, 2001
Volume 37--Number 32
Pages 1141-1152

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Weekly Compilation of



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Addresses to the Nation

    Stem cell research, from Crawford, TX--1149

Addresses and Remarks

    Radio address--1141
    Texas, participants in Habitat for Humanity's ``World Leaders 
        Build'' in Waco--1144

Interviews With the News Media

    Exchanges with reporters
        Crawford, TX--1147
        Waco, TX--1142, 1146

Statements by the President

    Death of Maureen Reagan--1148
    Terrorist bombing in Jerusalem--1148

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--1152
    Checklist of White House press releases--1152
    Digest of other White House announcements--1152
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--1152

Editor's Note: The President was at the Bush Ranch in Crawford, TX, on 
August 10, the closing date of this issue. Releases and announcements 
issued by the Office of the Press Secretary but not received in time for 
inclusion in this issue will be printed next week.


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Monday, August 13, 2001
Volume 37--Number 32
Pages 1141-1152
Week Ending Friday, August 10, 2001
The President's Radio Address

August 4, 2001

    Good morning. This week in Washington we made dramatic progress on 
health care, and today I want to extend that progress one step further.
    On Wednesday I shook hands with Representative Charlie Norwood of 
Georgia, agreeing to strong patient protection legislation. 
Representative Norwood is the chief congressional champion of that 
issue. And together, we broke 6 years of legislative gridlock.
    The next day the House of Representatives, based on our agreement, 
passed a good bill to give patients the care they deserve without 
encouraging frivolous lawsuits. The legislation protects every patient 
in all 50 States when a health plan wrongly denies or delays needed 
care. Patients are guaranteed a quick independent review of their case 
and new Federal remedies to hold their health plans accountable. They 
get a strong new set of rights in our health care system without driving 
up the cost of health insurance and discouraging employers from offering 
    This legislation is welcome news for patients. And I want to 
continue this momentum. Today I'm announcing a new initiative to expand 
health insurance for the uninsured by making the Medicaid program more 
accessible. Medicaid is designed to provide low income Americans with 
medical insurance. It has a noble purpose and some serious challenges.
    Medicaid spending is rising dramatically, but the number of low 
income Americans without insurance remains high. Clearly, this important 
program needs reform. Yet, States have great difficulty reforming their 
Medicaid programs because of complex and cumbersome Federal 
requirements. It is hard for States--much too hard--to navigate the 
confusing and inconsistent Federal approval process.
    Today we are changing that. My administration will adopt new rules 
that empower States to propose reforms tailored to the needs of their 
citizens. We will act on proposals quickly without making States wait 
for months or years for an answer.
    In return for this flexibility, we will ask the States to help 
ensure that their programs broaden coverage for low income Americans. 
When States are free to try new approaches, the results are encouraging. 
Just a few months ago, New York State, led by George Pataki, asked for 
and got permission to try a new idea to cover more people with the same 
dollars. As a result, as many as 619,000 more New Yorkers will soon have 
health insurance.
    In our new system, we will inform States in advance of the criteria 
for responsible Medicaid reform. If they meet those conditions, the 
Federal Government stands ready to help expand health insurance coverage 
to those who need it most--no uncertainty and no runaround.
    The goals of Medicaid are too important to get bogged down in a 
bureaucracy. My administration cares about results, about getting 
Americans broader and better medical coverage. And on issues from 
Medicaid to patient protection, we are seeing results for the American 
    Thank you for listening.

Note: The address was recorded at 10:55 a.m. on August 3 in the Cabinet 
Room at the White House for broadcast at 10:06 a.m. on August 4. In his 
address, the President referred to Gov. George E. Pataki of New York. 
The transcript was made available by the Office of the Press Secretary 
on August 3 but was embargoed for release until the broadcast. The 
Office of the Press Secretary also released a Spanish language 
transcript of this address.

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Monday, August 13, 2001
Volume 37--Number 32
Pages 1141-1152
Week Ending Friday, August 10, 2001
Exchange With Reporters Prior to a Round of Golf in Waco, Texas

August 7, 2001

President's Vacation

    Q. What are you doing?
    The President. It's nice to be home, for starters. This is my home; 
this is where I intend to live after I'm the President. It's good to be 
back with the people who elected me the Governor of Texas. I'm working a 
lot of issues, national security matters. I've got some decisions to 
make--as you know, working on immigration policy, state visit with the 
President of Mexico.
    But I'm getting a lot done, and it's good to be on my ranch. It's 
good to be home.

Stem Cell Research

    Q. Any closer on stem cell research decision?
    The President. I'll be making that decision when--I'll be making 
that announcement when I'm ready to make the announcement.

President's Vacation

    Q. How do you deal with the heat here in this area? It's awfully 
    The President. This is Texas. I know a lot of you wish you were in 
the East Coast, lounging on the beaches, sucking in the salt air, but 
when you're from Texas and love Texas, this is where you come home; this 
is my home. We built a house in the Crawford area; it'll be the house 
where I live in for the rest of my life. I like my own home, and I don't 
mind the heat----
    Q. Are you taking any naps in the afternoon, sir?
    The President. ----as a matter of fact, I'm going to get Stretch 
[Richard Keil, Bloomberg News] to come and run with me.
    Q. Any time you're ready.
    The President. Want to go for a heat run?
    Q. Sure. How about this afternoon?
    The President. It may be a little too hot, Stretch.
    Q. Are you taking any naps in the afternoon, sir?
    The President. I'm working, enjoying myself, getting a lot done on 
the ranch, too. One of the things I find to be, you know, helpful, is to 
get outdoors. Washington, DC, is a fine place, and I'm honored to be 
working in the Oval Office, staying in the compound there, but I'm the 
kind of person that needs to get outdoors. I like to be outdoors; I like 
to work outdoors. It keeps my mind whole; it keeps my spirits up. I 
think it's important for people to get outside and to work.
    And I'm making a lot of improvements on the ranch, and I find that 
to be--I find that to be a good part of keeping me a balanced person.
    I'm reading a lot. I just finished ``In the Heart of the Sea,'' by 
Philbrick. It's a book about the whaler Essex. It's a really interesting 
book. Now I'm into the Adams book by McCullough.
    Q. How do you like it?
    The President. I like it.
    Q. I heard it's a good read.
    The President. It is a good read. It's an interesting book. I'm 
particularly paying attention to that part about John Quincy Adams. You 
might remember, Quincy and I have got something in common.
    Q. How does the heat here compare to the heat of Washington, 
politically? [Laughter]
    The President. Politically? Well, I'm amongst friends in Texas. I 
think the people of Texas know me; they know what I'm like; they know I 
can make decisions; they know I'm a person who stands on principles. I 
really don't worry about polls or focus groups; I do what I think is 
right. And so there's no political heat here. I'm amongst friends, and 
it doesn't matter whether they're Democrats or Republicans here in 
Texas. The people and I got along really well. In Washington, it's a lot 
more partisan. People up there just like to dig in and fight. You know, 
Bob Bullock and I showed that you don't have to fight to get things 
done. Bob Bullock was the old Democratic Lieutenant Governor.
    And I think eventually, over time, if I stay persistent, that we'll 
erode that intransigence in Washington, DC--you know, where people say, 
``Let's try to score political points; let's don't try to come together 
and work for what's right.'' But we'll see. We made a lot of progress 
the first 6 months--a lot more than a lot of people thought we could do.
    Yes, Stretch?

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President's Round of Golf

    Q. Walking or riding?
    The President. Stretch, probably ride, since I want to save my legs 
for a good run.
    Q. What's the rule on mulligans today?
    The President. No mulligans--except on the first tee. [Laughter] 
That's just to loosen up. You see, otherwise--most people get to hit 
practice balls. But as you know, I'm walking out here; I'm fixing to go 
hit--tight back, older guy, I hit the speed limit on July 6th. 
    Q. Who are you golfing with?
    The President. I'm golfing with my friend David Sibley. There he is 
right here, Senator Sibley, the man who helped write the patients' bill 
of rights in Texas and the man who went to testify in Washington to say 
those who claim that the Ganske-something-something bill was like the 
Texas bill were wrong. More like the Texas bill is the Norwood bill, as 
amended--which I will sign when we get it out of conference.
    Right, Sibley?
    State Senator David Sibley. That's it.
    The President. Okay, got get lost. [Laughter]

[At this point, the President played a round of golf.]

    The President. You know, word about the President is supposed to win 

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