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Burgess to lead health subcommittee

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U.S. Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (TX-26)

A Denton County doctor will play a major role in reshaping healthcare in America.

Congressman Michael Burgess, M.D. (R-Denton County) was named by House Energy and Commerce Chairman Greg Walden as the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Health for the 115th Congress.

“Being chosen as the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Health is a career honor. Nearly 14 years ago, I left the medical practice that I spent my life building in North Texas to join Congress. I believed something needed to be done to address the burden of the federal government in health care—a burden that I have experienced firsthand as both a doctor and a patient,” said Burgess.

Burgess, the most senior physician in the House of Representatives who served as chairman of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade in the 114th Congress, said he is prepared and committed to serving the committee effectively in his new role.

“Americans have been crushed under the weight of the ACA by its paralyzing costs, limited choices, and deafening inflexibility. We can do better. And more importantly, we will do better. Under the leadership of Chairman Walden and Speaker Ryan and in partnership with the Trump Administration, we will move forward to deliver on the promise of reforming our health care system to make it more affordable, accessible and patient-centered,” said Burgess.

“Dr. Burgess has been a tremendous voice on the committee, and I look forward to working with him in his new role. As Chairman of the Health Subcommittee, we’ll be relying on his nearly three decades of experience practicing medicine to help guide some of our most critical work this year, including the repeal and replacement of Obamacare, and the implementation of MACRA,” said Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR)

“A tremendous amount of hard work lies ahead of us in the coming weeks. Along with Chairman Walden and the other members of the Subcommittee, I am unequivocally committed and prepared to take on this great endeavor,” said Burgess.

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