January 19,2000

Roth Reaction to the Administration's Health Insurance Initiative

WASHINGTON -- Senate Finance Committee Chairman William V. Roth, Jr. (R-DE) today released the following statement on the Administration's health insurance initiative:

"Providing access to health insurance for America's uninsured children and families is something I strongly support," Roth stated. "The Senate Finance Committee will examine the Administration's proposal and other options for expanding coverage to the uninsured.

"I am very much interested in this -- in 1998 I proposed to expand coverage to the uninsured through tax incentives. Last year, the president vetoed legislation that addressed the needs of America's uninsured. I hope that we will be able to address the health care insurance needs of all Americans in a bipartisan manner."