Proceedings, Debates of the U.S. Congress
August 1, 1996
104th Congress, 2nd Session
Issue: Vol. 142, No. 116 — Daily Edition
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(House of Representatives - August 01, 1996)
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[Page H9709] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] MEDICARE (Ms. McKINNEY asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute). Ms. McKinney. Mr. Speaker, gripped by the fear of losing control over the first Republican Congress in 40 years, Newt Gingrich and his legions are trying to convince the public that they did not cut Medicare to pay for tax breaks to the wealthy. On October 26, however, Speaker Gingrich boasted about Republican efforts to weaken fee-for-service Medicare to the point where it would, quote, ``Wither on the vine.'' And in an attempt to back away from that statement, Speaker Gingrich said that he meant the health care financing administration would wither on the vine. The Los Angeles Times, however, reported that Speaker Gingrich's spokesman, Tony Blankley, said that, quote, ``Gingrich's comments were consistent with the Republican belief that most seniors would voluntarily choose to leave the traditional Medicare fee-for-service system in favor of HMO's.'' Now that's the real scoop on Newt Gingrich and Medicare. Think about it, when have you known the Speaker to not say what he means and mean what he says. ____________________