Burgess discusses healthcare, 3D gun designs in week’s first town hall


U.S. Representative Michael Burgess (R- Lewisville) held the first of two town hall meetings this week in Keller High School in Keller.

The crowd was much more split between conservative and liberal constituents than his last town hall in Denton, when much of the discussion centered on the then-recent family separation policy at the Texas border. Several constituents expressed support for Republican president Donald Trump, and encouraged Burgess to support funding for a border wall, which was central to Trump’s campaign messaging.

Other common lines of discussion were about healthcare and Burgess’ support of repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. When asked about a recent study from the Mercatus Center that indicated a “Medicare for all” plan could save the U.S. money on health care, Burgess said he was skeptical, and that he had heard the study indicated the plan would cost the federal government $32.6 trillion by 2031.

The study actually says both of those things — the federal government’s share of health expenditures would increase by $32.6 trillion by 2031, but national healthcare expenditures would decrease overall by $1.6 trillion.

Burgess was also asked about his stance on the dissemination of plans for 3D printed guns. A gun rights group was set to distribute downloadable plans to make such weapons online Aug. 1, but were temporarily blocked by court order.

Burgess said he had not decided his stance on whether or not the plans should be disseminated.

“I’m undecided at this point. I see that there are 1st Amendment issues and 2nd Amendment issues,” he said. “I suspect there’ll be a number of congressional hearings.”

Burgess’ Youtube account posted video of the full event online. Burgess is introduced at the 27 minute mark-

Burgess, who has held his office since 2002, is up for re-election Nov. 6, running against Democratic candidate Linsey Fagan. Another town hall is scheduled 7 to 8 p.m. Aug. 2 at New Life Community Church, 25631 Smotherman Road in Frisco.