Doctors in the House: Republicans

... and one in the Senate

Thursday, October 01, 2009


Yesterday we got a perspective on the health care debate from three Democratic lawmakers who are also health care professionals. Today we hear from three Republicans in Congress who are also doctors. We ask why they don’t want the government much involved in health care. We are joined by two Congressmen: Dr. Charles Boustany (R-La.), who has 20 years of experience as a cardiovascular surgeon; and Dr. Michael Burgess (R-Tex.), who practiced obstetrics and gynecology for over 20 years before running for office. We're also joined by Dr. John Barrasso, Republican senator from Wyoming; he has been an orthopedic surgeon for nearly 25 years...(click through for the full interview transcript)

REP. BURGESS (R-Tex.): Offering the insurance through the government is no solution because, let’s be honest, if that were the solution, it would have fixed the problem. We’ve already got 50 percent of health care expenditures right now coming through the government, and no one would pretend that there aren’t problems with the public sector today.
—Three Republican members of Congress, all of them health care practitioners, on the current state of health care reform


Senator John Barrasso, Congressman Charles Boustany and Congressman Michael Burgess

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