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September 10, 1995
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Medicare battle looms

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WASHINGTON -- Republicans began unveiling their plan to overhaul Medicare on Sunday, including proposals to raise most premiums except for those with low incomes. The full plan is expected to be revealed late this week.

House Speaker Newt Gingrich outlined the plan on NBC's "Meet the Press," saying that the Republican plan would create an "affluence test" for couples with "about $125,000 in retirement income."

Premiums would remain the same for seven years, and then go up in 2002. The plan also encourages senior citizens to switch to managed care or HMOs to lower costs.

President Clinton plans to meet with Congressional leaders over the budget on Tuesday, and Republican cuts to Medicare will be a major area of contention. Democrats agree that the Medicare program needs work, but say the Republican overhaul is too severe.



Who do you know? A kids poll tells all

Kids Poll

NEW YORK CITY -- A new poll conducted for "TIME for Kids," TIME magazine's new venture for younger Americans, says that American children ages 9-12 are concerned about worldly events, but more likely to know the players -- in sports and entertainment -- than world leaders.

The poll, based on interviews with 500 American kids, showed that nearly 60 percent worried about terrorist attacks, and two-thirds were concerned about pollution and protecting endangered species.

But when it came to the names and faces -- 96 percent knew who Michael Jordan was, and 94 percent recognized the other Michael (Jackson). But only 21 percent recognized Russian President Boris Yeltsin, and 20 percent identified South African President Nelson Mandela.



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