Texas Sen. Dawn Buckingham meets with Trump to talk healthcare

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting on women in healthcare, Wednesday, March 22, 2107, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. From right are, Texas State Sen. Dawn Buckingham, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Seema Verma, and Trump. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting on women in healthcare, Wednesday, March 22, 2107, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. From right are, Texas State Sen. Dawn Buckingham, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Seema Verma, and Trump. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

WASHINGTON (KXAN) — Two female Texas senators met with President Donald Trump at the White House on Wednesday to discuss ways to navigate the Affordable Care Act moving forward.

Freshman Sen. Dawn Buckingham, R-Lakeway, who practices as an oculoplastic and reconstructive surgeon, was invited to participate in the administration’s “Women in Healthcare” panel, along with the administrators of Medicare and Medicaid. During her campaign last year, Buckingham cited the government’s intrusion into decisions between a doctor and patient.

“I see Obamacare as a failed experiment,” said Buckingham to a KXAN crew in Washington. “As a patient, I lost my own healthcare. As a doctor, I lost patients both because they couldn’t afford the high deductibles or the narrow networks. As a state legislator, we’re just here saying don’t penalize us for not expanding Medicaid in the first place, but give us the ability in a block grant.”

In a letter to the president, Buckingham said, “women bear the brunt of the Affordable Care Act” and that it has increased the “bureaucracy of practicing medicine.”

State Sen. Donna Campbell, R-New Braunfels, an emergency room physician, says she was “impressed by the President’s genuine concern for the health care of Americans and for his desire to improve access to quality health care in our country.”

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