WHERE IT MAY REALLY HURT

THE BUDGET DEAL COULD FALL APART OVER MEDICAID--AND NO WONDER. THE G.O.P.'S PLAN HAS ALARMED MANY PATIENTS, DOCTORS AND EVEN SOME REPUBLICANS

For months Bill Clinton waffled on the details. So it was a surprise to hear exactly where the President drew the line last week when he vetoed the Republican balanced-budget bill and unveiled a new plan of his own. Topping the list of things on which Clinton took a stand was Medicaid, the jointly funded, federal-state health program that serves 36 million Americans. The Administration renewed its call for a plan that would save $54 billion from the program over seven years, only one-third of the savings Republicans seek. But Clinton went further, saying if the G.O.P. kept insisting that the...

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