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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

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Monday, March 28, 1994
Volume 30--Number 12
Pages 567-643

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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--
        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 
    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, 
    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


    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


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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.

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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--

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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 
    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

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