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Burgess: Healthcare Reform Bill Will Soon Be in Senate's Hands

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By    |   Thursday, 04 May 2017 12:05 PM

There has been a great deal of criticism from members of the Senate concerning the revisions to a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, but the matter will soon be in their hands, Rep. Michael Burgess said Thursday.

"Today is the next step in what is likely to be a very long process," the Texas Republican, who has spent three decades practicing medicine, told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program. "I, like you, am anxious to see the fine minds over in the Senate get to work on this. They've leveled a lot of criticism at their House counterparts as we've worked on this. Fair enough. After 1 o'clock this afternoon, it will be upon their docket."

Burgess said he has had a chance to read through the bill, as the base bill was read in committee a month ago, and two of the three amendments to it have been available for several weeks. The third amendment, coming Wednesday night, was just two pages long, he continued.

"I am a member of the authorizing committee that went through the 28-hour markup a few weeks ago and I thought we had a good product that the committee produced," said Burgess, pointing out that the bill was actually passed in December 2015 as a reconciliation bill but vetoed by then-President Barack Obama.

The 2015 bill was the base bill that House members began working on in December, said Burgess.

"I would just point out too, you've had an election in 2010, one in 2014, one in 2016, where Obamacare was on the ballot and people spoke and wanted something done," said Burgess.

Burgess continued that a market-based system in healthcare is important, and the bill provides that a governor would have to ask for a waiver to keep states from requiring essential health benefits.

"Are any governors going to do that?" he said. "I have not heard from any who will. They have the option and some members felt very strongly that there didn't need to be more flexibility for the governors. They will now have that."

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