Dr. Burgess Weekly Address: One Year Anniversary of Iran Nuclear Agreement
Posted by on July 22, 2016
One year after the signing of the Iran Nuclear Agreement, Dr. Burgess reflects on the failure of President Obama's ineffective and unenforced nuclear agreement and Iran's continued, blatant defiance of the deal, which threatens the safety of the U.S. and our allies. Read his full remarks here.
Dr. Burgess Weekly Address: The Tragedy in Dallas
Posted by on July 15, 2016
As the city of Dallas, and our nation, continues to mourn the loss of our heroes in blue, Dr. Burgess reflects on the commendable leadership shown by Chief David Brown and how now, more than ever, we must support our police officers and recognize the sacrifices they make to keep us safe. Read his full remarks here.
Burgess Statement on the Ambush of Dallas Police Officers
Posted by Lesley Fulop on July 8, 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 in response to the ambush in downtown Dallas that left four Dallas Police officers and one DART officer dead and seven injured.
“Words cannot begin to describe my sorrow for the devastation that Dallas experienced last night. Today, the city of Dallas mourns the five precious lives that were lost in an act of senseless violence. This is not the way to move our country forward.
“Our Dallas heroes in blue reported for duty last night, as they do every night, selflessly putting their lives on the line in the face of unimaginable danger to protect their communities and fellow citizens.
“This brave profession falls under harsh scrutiny on a daily basis. It is important that we recognize the sacrifices of these men and women and their critical role in protecting our communities.
“Today, we mourn together for the great loss of not only the Dallas Police Department, but also the city of Dallas as a whole.
“At this time, our nation’s police force requires the support of all Americans in their mission to protect and serve. Today, not only are we all Americans, we are all Texans.”
Dr. Burgess Weekly Address: Compromising the Integrity of the Justice System
Posted by on July 8, 2016
Following FBI Director Comey's decision to recommend no criminal charges be brought against former Secretary Clinton, Dr. Burgess discusses the dangerous precedent this sets of putting politics above national security and the safety of the American people. Read his full remarks here.
Dr. Burgess Weekly Address: Strengthening our Trauma Care System
Posted by on July 1, 2016
As the most recent attack in Orlando once again reminds us that trauma can happen at any time and in any place, Dr. Burgess discusses the need to strengthen the availability of trauma care for all Americans no matter where in the country an accident, natural disaster or violent crime occurs. Read his full remarks here.
Burgess Requests Nominations for 2016 Congressional Veteran Commendation
Posted by Lesley Fulop on June 30, 2016
LEWISVILLE, TX— As Independence Day approaches, Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (TX-26) announces a special salute to honor local veterans and welcomes nominations for the 26th Congressional District Veteran Commendation. The Congressional Veteran Commendation, in conjunction with the Veterans History Project sponsored by the Library of Congress, honors the distinguished veterans of Texas’ 26th Congressional District and preserves their stories for future generations of Americans.
“Our nation’s veterans have honorably served our country to preserve our freedom, and it is because of their service that we enjoy all the liberties we are afforded,” said Dr. Burgess. “These brave men and women deserve our thanks and praise, and I am proud to recognize the veterans in Texas’ 26th Congressional District and honor their service through the 2016 Congressional Veteran Commendation.”
Burgess Statement on Supreme Court Ruling to Strike Texas Abortion Law
Posted by Lesley Fulop on June 27, 2016
LEWISVILLE, TX— 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 in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Whole Woman’s Health vs. Hellerstedt, which strikes down the Texas law that would provide essential protections for women’s health.
“I am disheartened and disappointed by the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Texas law establishing reasonable and essential protections for the health and safety of women. This decision will allow abortion facilities to continue conducting medical procedures without common-sense quality standards. It is disgraceful that following the horrifying conditions of Pennsylvania abortionist Kermit Gosnell’s clinic and resulting murder conviction, the Supreme Court wouldn’t allow the state of Texas to take the critical steps to ensure women are receiving safe and appropriate care.
Dr. Burgess Weekly Address: Protecting Americans against Zika Virus
Posted by on June 24, 2016
This week, Dr. Burgess joined forces with Senator Cornyn urging State Department and CDC to take their responsibility more seriously to provide Americans with adequate information about the dangers of travelling to countries infected by Zika virus. Americans are facing the threat of a serious public health crisis as more people are traveling to areas of the Zika virus outbreak and returning home to the U.S. Read his full remarks here.Read the full letter here.
Burgess and Green Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Increase Cost Transparency for Patients
Posted by Lesley Fulop on June 21, 2016
Washington, D.C. — Today, Congressman Michael Burgess M.D. (R-TX) and Congressman Gene Green (D-TX) introduced bipartisan legislation aimed at making health care more affordable by promoting greater transparency around the costs of health care services for patients. The Health Care Price Transparency Promotion Act of 2016 calls upon the states to establish and maintain laws requiring disclosure of information on hospital charges, to make such information available to the public, and to provide individuals with information about estimated out-of-pocket costs for health care services.
“At no point in the course of care should patients ever be left in the dark, lacking critical information to make the most informed decision about treatment options, particularly when it comes to cost. Our current health insurance system insulates patients from the true cost of health services,” said Rep. Burgess. “This legislation takes the first step towards ensuring true price transparency in the health care market.”
“The fact that patients rarely know what health care services cost until after they've received them and the wide variety in pricing, make the health care market uniquely difficult to navigate,” said Rep. Green. “Greater transparency around prices of health care services will enable patients and families to choose lower-cost, high-value care and promote competition in the market. This bill is an important first step towards empowering patients and advancing value-based care.”
Additionally, this bill calls for research on: (1) the types of cost information that individuals find useful in making decisions regarding healthcare; (2) how this useful information varies according to an individual’s health insurance coverage, and if so, by what type of coverage they have; and (3) ways that this information may be distributed in a timely and simple manner.
According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, total health care spending in the United States grew 2.9 percent in 2013 and another 5.3 percent in 2014, reaching $3.0 trillion or $9,523 per person. This is a $300 billion increase in total spending since 2011 and is projected to grow at an average rate of 5.8 percent per year. As a share of the nation's Gross Domestic Product, health spending accounts for 17.5 percent and expected to reach 19.6 percent by 2024.
The bill has the support of numerous groups including the American Hospital Association (AHA).
“We strongly support the Health Care Price Transparency Promotion Act. This legislation builds on existing state efforts, while requiring insurers to provide information on estimated out-of-pocket costs for health care services, often the most valuable information for insured patients. Patients should have all available tools to help them make important choices about their care,” said Tom Nickels, Executive Vice President of Government Relations and Public Policy at the American Hospital Association.
Dr. Burgess Discusses Combating Terrorism in the U.S.
Posted by on June 17, 2016
In light of the recent terrorist attack in Orlando, Dr. Burgess addresses the need for a comprehensive U.S. strategy to combat radical Islamic terrorism and keep it off American soil at the Rules Committee hearing on June 13, 2016.