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Congressman Burgess addresses state of healthcare at Johnson City meeting

By Callan Gray, cgray@wcyb.com
Published On: Jul 07 2014 10:43:15 PM CDT
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -

The future of healthcare was up for discussion in Johnson City on Monday night.

U.S. Congressman Michael Burgess (R-TX) and U.S. Congressman Phil Roe (R-TN) met with Mountain States Health Alliance physicians at their Washington County, Tenn. medical staff quarterly meeting.

Congressman Burgess was the main speaker. He addressed what he called the big issues facing the healthcare industry.

Burgess said the Affordable Care Act has made it harder on hospitals by creating high deductibles that many people can't afford, costing the hospitals money.

He told us the best way to fix these problems is with the help of physicians.

"Since there is that disconnect between the people writing the legislation and the people writing the rules of the federal agencies, it's far better to open the doors and windows up, establish the lines of communication, let us hear from you," said Burgess.

He told us he's asking physicians to come forward with what they need to run their practices more easily.

Burgess said physician input will help them improve the structure of both Medicare and Medicaid, and come up with an alternative to the Affordable Care Act.

Neither Burgess nor Roe support the Affordable Care Act.