State sen­a­tors meet Trump for health care dis­cus­sion

Austin American-Statesman - - STATESMAN AT THE LEGISLATURE - By Chuck Lin­dell clin­dell@statesman.com Con­tact Chuck Lin­dell at 512-912-2569.

Two Texas state sen­a­tors, both physi­cians, took part Wed­nes­day in a White House panel on women in health care — at­tended by Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump — in prepa­ra­tion for Thurs­day’s U.S. House vote on the Repub­li­can plan to re­place Oba­macare.

“Un­for­tu­nately, Oba­macare is mak­ing it much harder for all of the doc­tors, nurses and health care pro­fes­sion­als, men and women alike, to do their job,” Trump told the panel, which in­cluded state Sens. Dawn Buckingham, R-Lake­way, and Donna Camp­bell, R-New Braun­fels.

“We’re go­ing to get this thing done. We’re go­ing to get it fig­ured out,” Trump said, ac­cord­ing to a tran­script pro- vided by the White House.

Buckingham told the Amer­i­can-Statesman she spoke about “the failed ex­per­i­ment of Oba­macare,” in­clud­ing per­sonal in­surance cov­er­age she lost and pa­tients who sought care else­where be­cause of the Af­ford­able Care Act.

“I also talked a lot about de­creas­ing the reg­u­la­tory bur­den on doc­tors,” said Buckingham, an eye sur­geon.

About 10 health care pro­fes­sion­als par­tic­i­pated in the event, she said, adding that Trump “was very gra­cious and lis­tened in­tently and just talked about how he cared. He un­der­stands women of­ten make the health care de­ci­sions for their fam­i­lies.”

State Sen. Dawn Buckingham tweeted this photo Wed­nes­day af­ter a White House dis­cus­sion on women in health care.

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