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Local physician to attend 2014 State of the Union with Congressman Thornberry

Washington, January 27, 2014
Amarillo physician Dr. Richard McKay will be in the nation’s Capitol Tuesday as an attendee of the 2014 State of the Union address.  He will be a guest of area Congressman Mac Thornberry.

“I spent last week listening to folks share their experiences with the Affordable Care Act.  I hope the President will recognize the confusion and hardship his health law is causing in our part of Texas and across the country,” said Rep. Thornberry.  “I think inviting someone like Dr. McKay, who spent nearly 40 years as a doctor, would be a pretty powerful reminder that folks are hurting outside the Washington beltway and the President should give fewer speeches and do something about it,” continued Thornberry.

Dr. McKay, who is a native and long-time resident of Amarillo, practiced as an Orthopedic Surgeon for 38 years.  Now retired, he is a Past President of the Texas Orthopedic Association, as well as a Past President of the Potter/Randall County Medical Society.  He also served as an Orthopedic Delegate to the American Medical Association (AMA).  He is married to his wife Gerry, has two sons (Mark and Steven), and four grandchildren.

“I believe Mac is the most informed congressman on health care issues who is not a doctor.  Part of the reason is because he listens and then takes what he hears and gives us a voice in Washington,” said Dr. McKay.  “As a physician, I believe the President’s law will have terrible consequences for American health care and I want to make sure that message is heard while I am in Washington,” he finished.