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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-ii] Monday, March 28, 1994 Volume 30--Number 12 Pages 567-643 Contents [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks Air collision at Pope Air Force Base, NC--625, 637 Assassination of Luis Donaldo Colosio--626 California Medical Association, teleconference--611 Children's town meeting--569 Defense diversification grant for Charleston, SC, teleconference-- 610 Florida Health care forum in Deerfield Beach--587 Presidential Dinner in Miami--595 Health care providers--621 Health care roundtable with small business leaders--601 Radio address--567 Appointments and Nominations Corporation for National and Community Service, Chief Financial Officer--610 State Department, Ambassador to the United Kingdom--609 U.S. Court of Appeals, judge--609 U.S. District Court, judges--609, 641 Communications to Federal Agencies Assistance to certain states of the former Soviet Union, memorandum--609 Purchase of highly enriched uranium from Russia, memorandum--640 Sanctions against Serbia and Montenegro, memorandum--586 Executive Orders Trade and Environment Policy Advisory Committee--639 Interviews With the News Media Exchanges with reporters Deerfield Beach, FL--587 Fort Bragg, NC--637 Miami, FL--585 South Lawn--625, 636 News conference, March 24 (No. 54)--627 Letters and Messages Passover, message--638 Proclamations Education and Sharing Day, U.S.A.--624 Greek Independence Day: A National Day of Celebration of Greek and American Democracy, 1994--638 Statements by the President See also Appointments and Nominations Air collision at Pope Air Force Base, NC--625 Assassination of Luis Donaldo Colosio--636 Denying executive clemency to Jonathan Pollard--625 Emergency assistance to the northeast fishing industry--601 Meeting with Native Americans, announcement--625 Statements Other Than Presidential President's meeting with President Alija Izetbegovic of Bosnia--584 United Nations Security Council action on the Hebron Massacre--567 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--643 Checklist of White House press releases--642 Digest of other White House announcements--641 Nominations submitted to the Senate--641 WEEKLY COMPILATION OF ------------------------------ PRESIDENTIAL DOCUMENTS Published every Monday by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC 20408, the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents contains statements, messages, and other Presidential materials released by the White House during the preceding week. 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[[Page 567]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 567] Monday, March 28, 1994 Volume 30--Number 12 Pages 567-643 Week Ending Friday, March 25, 1994 Statement by the Director of Communications on United Nations Security Council Action on the Hebron Massacre March 18, 1994 The United Nations Security Council has today adopted a resolution condemning the Hebron mosque massacre and calling for measures to safeguard the security of the Palestinians. President Clinton expressed the horror of the American people at the time of the tragic Hebron murders. The President said, ``The enemies of peace must not be allowed to triumph. Prompt resumption of negotiations to begin implementation of the Israel-Palestinian Declaration of Principles is the only answer to extremist violence on both sides.'' The President's decision to allow passage of the resolution was made in the context of the agreement today by Syria, Jordan, and Lebanon to return to negotiations in April and the high-level contacts between Israel and the PLO that will take place in coming days. The President endorses the call made by the Security Council today for Israel and the PLO to redouble their efforts to realize this goal as soon as possible. The United States stands ready to do all it can to help the parties, but with passage of this resolution it is time for them to return to the negotiating table. The United States abstained on two paragraphs in the preamble to the resolution because of our strong objections to references made there to ``occupied Palestinian territory'' and to Jerusalem. The President said that his position on these matters has not changed. As Israel and the PLO have agreed, these are issues which can be decided only in negotiations on the final status of the territories. He does not believe references which could prejudice the outcome of these negotiations are helpful. The parties alone must make the decisions necessary to realize the promise of peace. Note: This item was not received in time for publication in the appropriate issue. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 567-569] Monday, March 28, 1994 Volume 30--Number 12 Pages 567-643 Week Ending Friday, March 25, 1994 The President's Radio Address March 19, 1994 Good morning. Last week I saw American democracy at its best at an old-fashioned town hall meeting in Nashua, New Hampshire. We were in the Elm Street Junior High School, and people were asking me questions about all kinds of issues but most of them about health care reform. And then when the town meeting was over, a woman came up to me and showed me why it's so important for so many Americans that we fix what's wrong with our health insurance system. She gave me a photograph of her 7-year-old son whom she loves very much. She told me he's had serious health problems, and now she's afraid that he'll never be able to get any health insurance because he has what insurance companies call a preexisting condition. Everywhere I go, families come up and tell me we're got to do something about health care, and they're right. Here are the facts: Even if you have health insurance today, you can lose it tomorrow. The terrible truth is that 2 million Americans a month lose their health insurance, 58 million Americans find themselves without insurance at some point during the year, and about 100,000 Americans a month lose their health insurance for good. The fine print in your insurance policy can cost you your coverage. Eighty-one million Americans have those preexisting conditions, just like the little boy in Nashua, that insurance companies can use to raise rates or deny coverage, and that as a practical matter, prevent many, many people from changing jobs because they know they'll lose their coverage. And three out of four insurance policies-- [[Page 568]] that covers 133 million Americans--have lifetime limits that cut off your benefits when you need them most. In other words, chances are your insurance plan is great unless you get really sick. Too many of you who do have insurance are paying more, getting less; your choices are more limited every year; your worries are increased, worries about losing the right to choose your doctor, increasing copatient deductibles, or losing insurance altogether. If we don't do something, we face a future of less choice, lower quality care, and larger bills. That's why we've got to build on what works and fix what's wrong with our health care system. And when you come down to it, America faces three choices: Government insurance for everybody, no guarantee of coverage for anybody, or guaranteed private insurance for everybody. Everywhere I go people tell me they support the idea that is at the core of our health reform plan: guaranteed private insurance for everybody, insurance that can never be taken away. Here's how our health reform plan works. First, we'll guarantee every American private health insurance with a comprehensive package of benefits that can never be taken away. Everyone will get a health security card that will guarantee these benefits as good as America's biggest companies offer and as good as your Members of Congress and your President get. Your benefits will include prescription drugs and prevention care, things that often aren't covered today. It's common sense to pay to keep people healthy, not just treat them after they get sick and when care is more expensive. Second, you'll have choices. That's the American way. You'll have the right to choose your own doctor and your own health care plan. You'll make that choice--you'll make it, not your boss and not your insurance company. We trust you to make the best choices to improve the quality of your health care. Third, we're going to crack down on abuses in insurance practices. No more dropping coverage or cutting benefits, no more raising rates just because you or someone in your family has been sick, no more using lifetime limits to cut off your benefits, and no more charging older people more than younger people. These are unfair practices, and we'll make them illegal. We'll make sure you can get affordable insurance you can depend on. Fourth, and this is important, we'll preserve and strengthen Medicare. Older Americans must be able to count on Medicare and to keep their doctors. We also want to cover prescription drugs under Medicare and to give people of all ages new choices for long-term care at home or in their community. There are so many people with disabilities, so many Americans who are in their elderly years who do not need institutionalized care but who can't get anything less expensive and more helpful because it's not covered today. Finally, we want your health benefits to be guaranteed at work. Most jobs come with health benefits, and all jobs should. Over two-thirds of the small businesses in this country provide health insurance to their employees. But 8 of 10 Americans who have no insurance are in working families. These Americans deserve better. And our health reform plan will guarantee health benefits at work. Small businesses will get these health insurance premiums at a discount. And we in the Government will help to cover the unemployed. The defenders of the status quo are trying to confuse this issue by making it sound complicated. Well, the present system is complicated, and so there are a lot of details to deal with. But the basic principles of health reform are really pretty simple. You'll get a health security card; you'll pick any doctor you want; you'll fill out one simple form when you need care; you'll know exactly what's covered; and you'll have peace of mind for a change, because your health security and that of your family can never be taken away. A few weeks ago, the Wall Street Journal explained our health reform to some citizens of York, Pennsylvania, without telling them whose plan it is. The great majority of that group strongly supported our health reform principles over all the competing plans. And the headline in the Wall Street Journal reads: ``Many Don't Realize It's Clinton's Plan They Like.'' Next week and in the months ahead, I'm going to tell people all across America about our health reform plan and what it really [[Page 569]]
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