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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

GOVERNOR, SENATOR MEET WITH TMA LEADERS

Gov. Rick Perry and U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison both spent time talking with TMA leaders at Fall Conference. Governor Perry stopped by to share with the Board of Trustees his commitment to medicine, particularly rural health and tort reform. Senator Hutchison spoke to the TEXPAC Board of Directors, sharing her insight and observations on how national health system reform should wend its way through the Senate process this fall. Both also stressed their close ties to medicine, their vow to protect the state’s 2003 health care liability reforms, and their desire to work with physicians to improve Texas health care. Both Perry and Hutchison are battling for the Republican gubernatorial nomination next spring. TEXPAC has made no endorsements in the governor’s race or any other 2010 contest, but the board did approve a process to analyze and make endorsements as soon as its next meeting at the TMA legislative retreat in Frisco in late October.

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