Democratic National Convention
Thursday, August 17, 2000

Shalala says GOP puts Social Security at risk




By Howard Wilkinson
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LOS ANGELES — The best reason not to elect George W. Bush president this fall is to keep Republicans from putting Social Security and Medicare at risk of collapse, Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala told Ohio Democrats here Wednesday.

        “We have to preserve what we have at all costs,” said Ms. Shalala, a Cleveland native, at Wednesday's breakfast caucus of Ohio delegates to the Democratic National convention.

        A GOP administration, Ms. Shalala said, “would take Social Security and hand it over to the investment bankers of Wall Street.

        “Yes, they would give Americans prescription drug coverage, but only for those in HMOs or the very poor,” Ms. Shalala said. “We Democrats believe it belongs to all Americans.”

        Like many Clinton administration Cabinet members, Ms. Shalala has been making the rounds of state caucus breakfasts this week trying to fire up the troops for the fall campaign.

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