Patients Rising Podcast

RBG Spot + Healthcare’s Future

Episode Notes

The future of the Affordable Care Act is uncertain with a Supreme Court vacancy. Terry and Dr. Bob discuss protections for preexisting conditions, and Congressman Michael Burgess speaks on the need for price transparency and passing rebates onto patients. Plus, one of Congressman Burgess’ constituents shares her struggles with accessing her medication due to copay accumulators and specialty pharmacy procedures. 

Guest:

Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. 

U.S. Representative, Texas’ 26th Congressional District 

Since 2003, Congressman Michael C. Burgess has served the constituents of Texas’ 26th Congressional District. Prior to his election to Congress, Rep. Burgess spent nearly thirty years as a practicing physician.

Rep. Burgess currently serves on the prestigious House Energy and Commerce Committee as the Republican Leader of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, and also sits on the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations and the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce. In addition, he is a member of the powerful House Rules Committee. 

As of the 115th Congress, Rep. Burgess is the most senior medical doctor, on both sides of the aisle, serving in the House of Representatives. Because of his medical background, Rep. Burgess has been a strong advocate for health care legislation aimed at reducing health care costs, improving choices, reforming liability laws to put the needs of patients first, and ensuring there are enough doctors in the public and private sector to care for America’s patients and veterans. He has voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act over 50 times and has played an important role in bipartisan efforts to reform the Food and Drug Administration.

Rep. Burgess earned his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical School in Houston, and his master’s degree in medical management from the University of Texas in Dallas. 

Hosts:

Terry Wilcox, Executive Director, Patients Rising

Dr. Robert Goldberg, “Dr. Bob”, Co-Founder and Vice President of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest.

Kate Pecora, Field Correspondent 

Links:

U.S. Congressman Michael C. Burgess

PatientTexas Twitter

Patients Rising Concierge 

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