THE WEEK: OCTOBER 15-21

OCTOBER 15-21

NATION

G.O.P.'S MEDICARE CURE PASSES

A major battle line of the 1996 campaign was drawn on Thursday when, by a narrow and nearly solid party-line vote of 231 to 201, the House approved the Republicans' plan to overhaul Medicare. President Clinton's response: "I will not let you destroy Medicare, and I will veto this bill." The plan, hailed by the G.O.P. as a historic rescue of the program, seeks to achieve $270 billion in savings over seven years by raising premiums, limiting payments to providers and encouraging seniors to opt for what legislators hope will be cheaper HMO and private-insurance...

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