Dr. Burgess Weekly Address: The Ghost of Hillary's Deleted Emails
Posted by on October 21, 2016
Amidst the recent discovery of the limitations placed on the scope of the investigation into former Secretary Clinton's reckless use of a private email server, Dr. Burgess remarks on why her careless decision to compromise national security cannot be neglected. Read his full remarks here.
Burgess Statement Ahead of President Obama’s Speech in Defense of the ACA
Posted by Lesley Fulop on October 20, 2016
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade, issued the following statement ahead of President Obama’s remarks during which he is expected to defend his health care law, just weeks before the fourth open enrollment period begins for the Obamacare exchanges.
“This afternoon, President Obama will stand up and declare victory for the ACA, but the President’s measure for success is deeply flawed and represents a view that is out-of-touch with the American people. Thirty million Americans remain uninsured, and millions of others are being forced to buy plans with premiums that cost more than a monthly mortgage payment and deductibles that leave them functionally uninsured. At the same time insurers are losing billions and fleeing the markets, causing costs to soar while consumer choice plummets.
“Instead of acknowledging the problems in this law and working with Congress to remedy them, the Obama Administration continues to go to great lengths, sometimes illegally, to prop up the failing law in order to offer Americans unaffordable health care. Regardless of President Obama’s claims, there is no question that strengthening our health care system and making health care affordable for all Americans must be a top priority for the next Administration.”
Dr. Burgess Weekly Address: 9/11 Veto Override
Posted by on October 14, 2016
Dr. Burgess remarks on Congress' successful and bipartisan override of the President’s veto of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA). This legislation will allow Americans to seek justice against any foreign government that sponsors an act of terrorism on U.S. soil. Read his full remarks here.
Burgess Statement on Release of MACRA Final Rule
Posted by Lesley Fulop on October 14, 2016
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade, issued the following statement on the Center of Medicare & Medicaid Services’ release of the final physician payment rule implementing the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA).
“A thorough and critical reading of the MACRA final rule will take some time, however on initial review I am pleased to see significant alterations and increased flexibility built in that reflect changes called for by the medical community. In particular, it is evident that the regulation is responsive to the needs and concerns presented by small, independent, and rural practices. I appreciate that CMS and Administrator Slavitt have taken every possible step to maximize and incorporate the input from clinicians.
“As we look towards implementation of MACRA, it will be important that we remain open to legislative remedies to ensure that the law meets the needs of patients and providers—not bureaucrats or politicians. Unlike the ACA, this law was carefully crafted with those it will affect in mind—both patients and physicians. It is now important for Congress to continue oversight to be certain the law is carried out exactly as intended.
“It is more important now than ever before that medical societies are doing everything possible to prepare their members for success in the transition to MACRA. The release of this rule underscores the importance of involvement from all those affected in the rulemaking process and the importance of appointing strong and committed agency leadership.”
Access the final rule from CMS here.
Burgess Statement on CMS Announcement of Initiative to Increase Clinician Engagement
Posted by Lesley Fulop on October 13, 2016
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade, issued the following statement on the Center of Medicare & Medicaid Services’ announcement of a new initiative to improve the clinician experience with the Medicare program."I am encouraged by CMS’ efforts to improve its engagement with clinicians and the concrete steps the agency is taking to implement clinician-driven solutions. It is clear that the listening sessions that CMS has been conducting have increased the agency’s understanding of the divide between how physicians practice and the agency’s regulation of the industry. As we await the final rule, CMS must continue prioritizing flexibility to allow physicians to focus on patient care.”
Read the CMS press release here.
Burgess Statement on DEA Withdrawal of Kratom Ban
Posted by Lesley Fulop on October 13, 2016
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade, issued the following statement about the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) intent to place the active materials in kratom, Mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine, in the Schedule I category of controlled substances.
"The DEA announced on August 31, 2016, it intended to temporarily classify kratom as a Schedule I drug. Under current law, the DEA does have the authority to place a substance under a temporary schedule for up to two years, if that substance is deemed an imminent hazard to public safety. The DEA stated this decision was due to the fact that kratom was commonly marketed as a legal alternative to illegal substances. Additionally, law enforcement has seen a drastic increase in kratom trafficking and usage.
Burgess Statement on 2005 Trump Comments
Posted by Lesley Fulop on October 9, 2016
Washington, D.C. — Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade, issued the following statement.
"When I heard of the comments made by Mr. Trump in 2005, I was distressed. I cannot condone nor defend these remarks. However as Mr. Trump stated, this campaign has changed him as a candidate and a man and this election needs to be about which candidate will advance our conservative principles. Based on comments made by Hillary Clinton in paid speeches, there is no doubt Mr. Trump remains the best candidate for President. Saturday morning I was contacted by a constituent. Her observation: 'A vote for Trump is not to condone his behavior, but to preserve what little freedom we have left in America.' I could not agree more."
Dr. Burgess Weekly Address: President Obama's "Crazy System"
Posted by on October 7, 2016
Amid reports that the Obama Administration is illegally withholding taxpayer money collected under the ACA from the U.S. Treasury and former President Bill Clinton's reference to the ACA as a "crazy system," Congressman Burgess discusses how the ACA continues to hurt the very people it was intended to help. Read his full remarks here.
Dr. Burgess Weekly Address: Shortcomings of the CR
Posted by on September 30, 2016
As the 2016 fiscal year comes to a close and Congress passes yet another stop-gap, short-term spending bill, known as a continuing resolution, Congressman Burgess discusses the reasons why he could not support this piece of legislation that neglected to address essential issues such as the Administration's handover of internet oversight and the influx of un-vetted Syrian refugees and immigrants crossing our borders. Read his full remarks here.
Burgess Opposes Measures in Short-Term Spending Bill
Posted by Lesley Fulop on September 29, 2016
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade, issued the following statement after voting against the passage of H.R. 5325, a continuing resolution for the fiscal year of 2016.