Lawmakers, doctors: Reps. Burgess and McDermott on health care reform

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A televised bipartisan summit on health care will take place in Washington D.C. on Thursday. Analysts, observers and the American people will watch to see if ?bipartisan? is really the right way to describe this summit, as nationwide frustration grows over proposed insurance rate hikes and the details of the attempted reforms thus far.

We bring together two lawmakers from opposite sides of the aisle who are also physicians. Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Tex.) serves the 26th district of Texas, which covers the Fort Worth area. He practiced obstetrics and gynecology for over 20 years. Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) is a trained psychiatrist and the longest-serving physician in Congress. We go beyond the usual partisan back-and-forth by asking these two lawmakers to give us their thoughts on health care reform not just as legislators, but as doctors.

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