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Monday, October 18, 2010

SGR, HEALTH REFORM VOTES EARN TEXPAC ENDORSEMENT FOR TWO

U.S. Reps. Chet Edwards (D-Waco) and Michael McCaul (R-Austin) joined Michael Burgess, MD (R-Lewisville), as the only Texas congressional representatives to win TEXPAC’s endorsement for the Nov. 2 general election. Those three are the only Texans in Congress who voted both for repeal of Medicare’s sustainable growth rate (SGR) funding formula and against passage of the health system reform bill. “Because we have been so disappointed in what Congress has and hasn’t done over the past two years, we wanted to set the bar very high and focus on the Medicare and health reform votes, which were so vitally important to patients and physicians,” said TEXPAC Board Chair Susan Strate, MD. “To be sure, other members of the Texas delegation have been friends to patients and physicians, but Representatives Burgess, Edwards, and McCaul were the only ones to cast the right votes on those critical decisions.”

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