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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

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Monday, December 22, 1997
Volume 33--Number 51
Pages 2033-2084

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Addresses and Remarks

    See also Appointments and Nominations
    Arkansas Democratic National Committee dinner--2034
    Bosnia, peace process--2071
    ``Christmas in Washington''--2038
    Congressional Space Medal of Honor, presentation--2070
    Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Awards, presentation--2077
    National Medals of Science and Technology, presentation--2047
    Radio address--2033

Appointments and Nominations

    Justice Department, Acting Assistant Attorney General for Civil 
        Rights, remarks--2044

Communications to Congress

    Chemical Weapons Convention, letter--2081
    Export Administration Act of 1979, letter transmitting report on 
    UNITA, letter reporting--2041

Executive Orders

    Intelligence Oversight Board, Amendment to Executive Order 12863--
    Prohibiting Certain Transactions With Respect to UNITA--2040

Interviews With the News Media

    Exchanges with reporters
        Briefing Room--2071

Interviews With the News Media--Continued

        Northwest Portico--2042
        Oval Office--2044
        South Lawn--2048
    News conference, December 16 (No. 154)--2049

Letters and Messages

    Hanukkah, 1997, message--2076

Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    Ireland, Prime Minister Ahern--2042


    Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Persons Who 
        Are Senior Officials of the National Union for the Total 
        Independence of Angola (``UNITA'') and Adult Members of Their 
        Immediate Families--2039
    Wright Brothers Day--2070

Statements by the President

    International financial services agreement--2033

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--2083
    Checklist of White House press releases--2083
    Digest of other White House announcements--2082
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--2083


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Volume 33--Number 51
Pages 2033-2084
Week Ending Friday, December 19, 1997
Statement on the International Financial Services Agreement

December 12, 1997

    Since I took office, I have been committed to tearing down barriers 
to American goods and services exports. Today's agreement by over 70 
countries to liberalize trade in financial services will ensure market 
access in sectors where we lead the world: banking, securities, and 
insurance. In the wake of recent financial instability, it is 
particularly encouraging that so many countries have chosen to move 
forward rather than backwards. I want to congratulate Secretary Rubin, 
Ambassador Barshefsky, Deputy Secretary Summers, Deputy U.S. Trade 
Representative Lang, and Assistant Secretary Geithner for their hard 
work in bringing these negotiations to a successful conclusion.

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Monday, December 22, 1997
Volume 33--Number 51
Pages 2033-2084
Week Ending Friday, December 19, 1997
The President's Radio Address

December 13, 1997

    Good morning. This morning I'd like to give you a progress report on 
our fight against waste, fraud, and abuse in the Medicare system.
    Medicare is more than just a program; it reflects our values. It's 
one way we honor our parents and our grandparents and protect our 
families across the generations. This past summer we took historic 
action to strengthen Medicare by improving benefits, more mammograms, 
cancer screenings, major improvements in diabetes care, expanding 
choices for recipients in health plans, and extending the life of the 
Trust Fund to at least the year 2010. I have also named four 
distinguished experts to a bipartisan commission that will find ways to 
ensure that Medicare will be able to serve baby boomers and our children 
as faithfully as it has served our parents.
    But to protect Medicare and the fundamental values it represents, we 
also must vigorously fight the waste, fraud, and abuse that is clearly 
in the system, activities that diminish our ability to provide high-
quality, affordable care for some of our most vulnerable citizens. 
Medicare fraud costs billions of dollars every year, amounting to an 
unfair fraud tax on all Americans and undermining our ability to care 
for those most in need. Taxpayers deserve to expect that every cent of 
hard-earned money is spent on quality medical care for deserving 
    I am proud of what we've already accomplished to crack down on abuse 
in Medicare. Since 1993 we have assigned more Federal prosecutors and 
FBI agents to fight health care fraud, and as a result, convictions have 
gone up 240 percent. We've saved $20 billion in health care claims. Two 
years ago the Department of Health and Human Services launched Operation 
Restore Trust. Already it has identified $23 in fines and settlements 
for every dollar invested in the program. Our historic balanced budget 
agreement last summer gives us an array of new weapons to help keep scam 
artists and fly-by-night health care providers out of Medicare in the 
first place. And earlier this fall I announced new actions to root out 
fraud and abuse in the mushrooming home health industry, from a 
moratorium on new home health agencies entering the system to a doubling 
of audits to a new certification renewal process.
    But we must do more. Sometimes the waste and abuses aren't even 
illegal; they're just embedded in the practices of the system. Last week 
the Department of Health and Human Services confirmed that our Medicare 
program has been systematically overpaying doctors and clinics for 
prescription drugs, overpayments that cost taxpayers hundreds of 
millions of dollars. Such waste is simply unacceptable.

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    Now, these overpayments occur because Medicare reimburses doctors 
according to the published average wholesale price, the so-called 
sticker price, for drugs. Few doctors, however, actually pay the full 
sticker price. In fact, some pay just one-tenth of the published price. 
That's why I'm sending to Congress again the same legislation I sent 
last year, legislation that will ensure that doctors are reimbursed no 
more and no less than the price they themselves pay for the medicines 
they give Medicare patients. While a more modest version of this bill 
passed last summer, the savings to taxpayers is not nearly enough. My 
bill will save $700 million over the next 5 years, and I urge Congress 
to pass it.
    There must be no room for waste, fraud, and abuse in Medicare. Only 
by putting a permanent stop to it can we honor our parents, protect our 
taxpayers, and build a world-class health care system for the 21st 

Note: The President spoke at 10:06 a.m. from the Oval Office at the 
White House.

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Volume 33--Number 51
Pages 2033-2084
Week Ending Friday, December 19, 1997
Remarks at the Arkansas Democratic National Committee Dinner

December 13, 1997

    Thank you very much. Thank you, Maurice, not only for chairing this 
dinner but for never saying no for 6 years or more now, in good times 
and bad. Thank you, Alan Solomont, for your leadership and those 
wonderful, thoughtful, and highly perceptive remarks. [Laughter]
    I think these other folks are about to get us, don't you? I think 
he's finally figured it out.
    I'd like to thank all the non-Arkansans who are here tonight, 
particularly those who have positions in our party--Tom and Jill 
Hendrickson from North Carolina. And I'd like to thank Jack and Phyllis 
Rosen for being here. Jack's been involved with our financial efforts 
for a long time at the DNC, and this is his very last event. He wanted 
to go out with a home touch. So thank you especially, Jack, for doing 
    I probably shouldn't do this, but I'm going to try to acknowledge 
the Arkansans in the administration who are here. If I omit you and you 
quit, I will never speak to you again. [Laughter] I am doing my best. 
[Laughter] Normally, Presidents don't have to remember this stuff. 
[Laughter] But I think it's important.
    I just want you to get a feel for how many people are here: Mack and 
Donna McLarty, of course; Bruce Lindsey; Nancy Hernreich; Marsha Scott; 
Bob Nash and Janis Kearney; Stephanie Streett, Mary Streett; Catherine 
Grundin; Patsy Thomasson; Ann and Grady McCoy. Ben Johnson told me he 
was from Arkansas tonight, that he was born in Marion and his wife, 
Jacqueline, said she was born in Joiner--[laughter]--and I'd say that 
qualifies. [Laughter] Steve and Jennifer Ronnel; Darren and Vivian 
Peters. And in the administration, of course, Secretary Slater and 
Cassandra; James Lee and Lea Ellen Witt; Hershel Gober and Mary Lou 
Keener; Harold and Arlee Gist; Wilbur Peer; Gloria Cabe has done great 
work for us; and in the DNC, Carroll and Joyce Willis; Lottie 
Shackleford; Mary Anne Salmon.
    I'm so glad they're here. There are others I wish were here tonight. 
I wish Maurice Smith and Betsy Wright and Bill Clark and David Matthews 
and Linda Dixon and a host of other people could be here. But I want to 
thank you, all of you--those of you in the administration, those of you 
who have been in the administration, and most of all, those of you 
without whom there never would have been an administration. I thank you 
very much.
    I don't want to embarrass him, but about 2 hours before I came over 

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