Medicare

NPR's Mara Liasson reports on the effect the federal budget surplus will have on President Clinton's Medicare reform plan. Without an influx of money, the system that provides federal medical insurance for the elderly will be strapped early in the next century, just when it's needed by the retiring baby boom generation. The President says he can add prescription drug coverage to Medicare and keep enough money for Social Security because the federal budget is growing at a faster-than-expected pace. And he says it will be possible to erase the national debt altogether by 2015.

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