A4 WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9, 1996 CAMPAIGN ? 9G THE SALINA JOURNAL U.S. SENATE Roberts: GOP's goal is to save Medicare — not cut it He says a bipartisan compromise is possible if 'scare tactics' end By JOHN HANNA The Associated Press ROBERTS TOPEKA — Republican Pat Roberts embarked Tuesday on a campaign designed to convince senior citizens that the GOP is not the enemy of the federal program that helps pay for their medical care. He traveled to nursing homes in Wichita and Pittsburg to discuss proposed changes in the Medicare program, in which about 384,000 Kansans participate. He also planned to have a news conference today at a Topeka nursing home. Roberts, the 1st District congressman and GOP nominee for the seat held by retiring Sen. Nancy Kassebaum, said Republicans are not trying to cut medical benefits for senior citizens but save Medicare. He also said a bipartisan compromise is possible if "scare tactics" end. U.S. SENATE The congressman did not specifically criticize Democrats, or the Democratic nominee for Kassebaum's seat, State Treasurer Sally Thompson. However, Democrats across the nation have attacked Republicans on the issue. Roberts noted that without reforms, the Medicare program stands to lose more than $13 billion next year and would be bankrupt in only five years. "Why on earth can't we get this done?" Roberts asked, referring to reform, during a telephone interview. "It's going to have to be fixed." Thompson spokesman Ted Miller described Roberts' appearances as an election-year ploy, designed to counter voter anger over his earlier vote in favor of a Republican plan on Medicare. "It demonstrates his vulnerability on this issue," Miller said. The federal government expects to spend $199 billion on Medicare over' the next year. The debate over Medicare also is part of the debate over how to balance the federal budget. Democrats repeatedly have said Republicans want to dramatically cut Medicare. In fact, Republicans have proposed only limiting the future increases in Medicare spending to below its 10 percent annual growth rate. President Clinton also proposes to limit growth in Medicare spending to save $124 billion over seven years. The congressional Republicans propose to save $168 million. The difference is between limiting growth in spending to 7.8 percent or to 7 percent, Roberts noted. But Thompson criticizes Roberts because he voted last year for a GOP proposal to save $270 billion from Medicare. It was part of the balanced budget legislation vetoed by President Clinton. Roberts said he did not like the plan but voted for the bill because it contained numerous other proposals and because he wanted to keep reform efforts moving. Roberts acknowledged that Republicans came under attack because they talked about cutting taxes as they talked about balancing the budget, reforming Medicare and other legislation. "Anything that we tried to fix, whether it be welfare reform, the farm program or food stamp reform, automatically became a target," he said. He also said failure to reform Medicare will lead to higher taxes if Congress does not want the program to go bankrupt. Payroll taxes could increase 67 percent over seven years, he said. Docking emits 'centrist' budget plan But Brownback says her proposal is more liberal than President Clinton's By JOHN HANNA The Associated Press TOPEKA — Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jill Docking outlined a plan Tuesday for balancing the federal budget, but her campaign quickly became involved in a debate over numbers. Docking described her proposal as a "centrist" plan. It is the work of 11 Republican and 11 Democratic senators, including Kansas Republican Nancy Kassebaum. It relies less on limiting spending in Medicare and Medicaid, the federal medical assistance programs for the elderly and poor, than Republican leaders have pro- DOCKING BROWNBACK posed. It also would allow more discretionary spending. But the campaign of Republican Sam Brownback was quick to describe the proposal as even more liberal than one advanced by President Clinton in March — a characterization that the Docking camp disputed. The plan Docking supports also would deviate from a general agreement between Clinton and congressional Republicans to eliminate the budget deficit by 2002. Instead, the proposal she is advocating would eliminate the, deficit a year later. Docking argues that her plan has a far more realistic chance of passage than those advocated by GOP congressional leaders and supported by Brownback. Docking, a Wichita stockbroker, is attempting to appeal to moderate Republicans in her campaign against Brownback, the 2nd District congressman, for the U.S. Senate seat formerly held by Bob Dole. Brownback's campaign noted that Docking did not spell out where cuts in spending on discretionary programs would be made. The congressman's deputy campaign manager, David Kensinger, said she has yet to be specific for voters. . \\V\\VV\V United States COUNTRY CURRENT Country'Bluegrass Group Sam's Chapel Kansas tel Limited Seating Available Lieutenant Commander John R. Pastin, USN Officer in Charge/Leader \_v_v Contemporary Country's newest and hottest music is featured throughout the concert, with hit songs by George Strait, John Michael Montgomery, Rieky Skaggs, Alan Jackson and many others. Country Classics Senior Chief Musician Robert Sullivan and Chief Musician Wayne Taylor bring back the old favorites by Hank Williams and Eddy Arnold. 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