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A carbon-free future is a nuclear future

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by Rep. Michael Burgess & Bud Albright   There was a time not that long ago when electricity was not universally available. Up until 1925, fewer than half the homes in the United States had any electricity, and even then, it was mainly supplied to the cities of America. Today, most of us cannot imagine life without it. Indeed, prudent planning and responsible…

Modern Health Care: The intersection of health and technology: How did we get here and where are we going?

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By Dr. Michael Burgess The rise of COVID-19 in many ways pushed the American healthcare system to the limit and into the future. For doctor’s visits today, instead of finding a babysitter, looking for a parking spot, and then having to sit in a crowded waiting room, many Americans are now accustomed to being able to “phone it in” for their medical appointments. Each week there are new…

The Hill: Ignore the misinformation: The FDA will ensure the safety of any COVID-19 vaccine

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By Reps. Greg Walden (R-OR), Michael Burgess (R-TX), and Brett Guthrie (R-KY). The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is the world’s premiere organization for making sure new drugs and vaccines are safe and effective. That’s why when the most talented doctors and scientists in the world submit their COVID-19 vaccines for approval by the FDA, and the FDA deems them safe and…

Education cannot be paused for a pandemic

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The Hill Education cannot be paused for a pandemic August 19, 2020 By Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D.  More than our physical health is being affected by this novel coronavirus. With the nation moving towards virtual living to continue social distancing, we are risking under-educating a generation. Children need the option to have an in-person education. There are lessons…

RealClearHealth: Burgess and Gingrich: Protecting the Investment of a Kidney

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RealClearHealth Protecting the Investment of a Kidney August 9, 2020 By: Congressman Michael C. Burgess and former Speaker Newt Gingrich Picture welcoming your newborn baby boy into the world – then not having the opportunity to bond with your child because he is immediately taken away upon showing signs of lung distress. The next thing you are hearing is that your son is in renal…

Burgess and Cornyn: SAVE Jobs Act will boost energy job market

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By Sen. John Cornyn and Rep. Michael Burgess for the Midland Reporter-Telegram The entire world is reeling from the pandemic’s impact, but Texas, in particular, has been hit with a one-two punch. This coronavirus has taken a firm hold on our state, and alongside it, our energy industry – one of our state’s largest and proudest sectors – suffers from low oil prices and lower…

Burgess: The Time Is Right for Health Care Reform

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by Dr. Michael Burgess Published in RealClear Health Now more than ever before, health care is on the minds of all Americans.  And now more than ever before, market-based reform for health care is more achievable – and it is because of the policies that have been put into place by the Trump Administration.  Just after the 2018 election, President Trump announced his…

Fox News: Rep. Michael Burgess, MD: Coronavirus epidemic prompts robust and rapid response from US public health system

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Over my time in Congress, there have been several serious epidemics in many parts of the world, caused by the Zika, Ebola, MERS, H1N1 and SARS viruses. While there was concern with each of them, there should be more urgent concern for the 2019 novel coronavirus – COVID-19. Since Congress’ return to Washington at the start of this year, COVID-19 has infected over…

The Hill: A free market for a clean future

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At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, leaders from around the world gathered to discuss the pressing issues of the day. Climate change was among the issues discussed. Unfortunately, the treatment many of these elites prescribe is worse than the disease. As I see it, the next 10 days may look bleak, but the next 10 months and beyond are filled with hope. This optimism is based…

Denton Record-Chronicle: Together we can put an end to the opioid epidemic

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This summer, in Tarrant County, it was reported that a baseball player lost his life to a drug overdose. While the details are still under investigation, many families throughout our country have experienced a similar tragedy due to the opioid epidemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 130 Americans die from an overdose each day. It doesn’t have to…