Medicare spending reductions in next year's budget most likely will be based on the reductions proposed in major healthcare reform plans introduced in the past 18 months. Medicare spending is projected to rise to $167.9 billion in 1995 from $149.2 billion in 1993, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
Following are the Medicare reductions in several of those bills:
Plan Medicare reductions
Clinton bill $124 billion over six years.
Mitchell bill $54 billion over five years and $294 billion over 10 years.
Gephardt bill $110 billion over five years.
Senate "mainstream $260 billion over 10 years.
House bipartisan bill $37 billion over five years.
Sources: Congressional Budget Office and staff estimates