Former Sen. Kay Hutchison

Republican  •  Texas 4 Terms  •  Sworn In 1993
Last Term 2007 - 2013 View All

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  • Anonymous 02/20/2008 2:37pm

    I have discussed the worsening situation with the State Board of Texas with many others and we all agree something must be done but organizing physicians is like “herding cats”. I am sure Texas is not unique in this issue and many other states will be interested in what we do. With the increasing rules passed by the board without input by the bulk of the physicians in the state, the board has become an over regulating, over reactive “bull dozer” rolling over good physicians over minor rule violations. In fact many of the rules should not even exist. We, as good caring physicians, do not need more and more intrusive government invading into our practices. We all do a nearly impossible job on a daily basis by treating the various simple to extremely complicated patients who walk through our doors and those we see in the hospital. As one attorney once put it “who else is asked to put their finger up someone’s ass and tell them what’s wrong with them!” “You do an impossible job in an impossible environment and held to impossible standards.” We all want the best for our patients and most physicians truly try their best. We are all human and make mistakes, but do those mistakes require the public embarrassment, financial penalties, unreasonable monitoring and Gestapo like attack by our board? I don’t think so and I hope you and others agree.

    Our state board was designed to license good physicians and to protect the public from dangerous physicians. But now the extensive rules that have been passed over the years, even encompassing poor hand writing, have become excessive and unnecessary. Minor violations generate board investigations and reviews. Most physicians feel helpless against “city hall” and simply rollover and accept the excessively punitive agreed orders they are presented. The high cost of legal defense is not affordable by many of the physicians who are wrongfully attacked and so accept the penalty despite the injustice. This unchallenged attack of many of us and our colleagues across the state has set a dangerous precedence. The board has subsequently become more and more aggressive and pulls in physicians for hearings with little provocation.

    The worse part of all of this is the physicians are practicing more and more defensive medicine, not because of malpractice issues but because of board issues. I myself am spending more and more time with my charts and not with my patients. I can’t listen to my patients because my head is in the chart making sure I write enough to satisfy the board so they will not punish me. I am all for good documentation but there is a point in which it becomes excessive and for defense purpose and not good medicine. More and more physicians are now using electronic medical records to CYA. They can simply press a button and print out a massive note, consult or report that covers all requirements weather they actually completed the exam or not. The citizens of the state of Texas are suffering the fall out that this board attitude has created. Well meaning Physicians have been attacked so much that they and their colleagues no longer prescribe some life improving medications, over utilize expensive lab and x-ray tests and refer out to high cost specialist to cover their rears. How many of you will NOT write pain medications any longer and thus allow your patients to suffer needlessly, because of the aggressive attacks by the board on you or your colleagues?

    I have talked to attorneys for the state board and they, off the record, have given me the direction necessary to effect the changes we all know needs to occur in Austin. My dilemma is getting the word out to the majority of physicians in the state to openly discuss debate and consider action necessary to improve the function of the board and thus improve the healthcare in the state of Texas. None of us want bad or dangerous doctors practicing medicine but we equally don’t want to be attacked or see our brethren attacked needlessly and punitively over minor issues. By opening up a forum that all the physicians in Texas can discuss this issue we can hopefully improve the way the board functions and thus improve healthcare to all citizens of the state of Texas.

    I am asking you to contact me, your colleagues; your state representatives and senators so that we may affect a positive change in the way the board functions and the practice of medicine in the state of Texas. This is a very serous call to ARMS! If we do not act now we may all be victims of this abuse. We must stand united or we will surely fall divided.

    I have much more to share if you will contact me.

    Sincerely,

    Michael D. Williams, D.O.
    mdwilliamsdo@pol.net
    cell 214-908-3550

  • Anonymous 04/03/2008 8:15am
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    Look around in your state and push for the unemployment insurance extension. Your fellow Texans need it.

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  • Anonymous 04/17/2008 3:49am

    This Senator is clueless.

  • IronHeadTex 10/02/2008 3:49pm

    I am disgusted in the vote you showed for the bail out bill. So what “pork project” did you get bribed with to vote aye? How dare you allow such a bill pass. I realize along with 90% of Americans the consequenses of not “acting” on the bail out. If the American people or at least the one who pays their taxes and payes their bills on time are willing to take the “colapse” head on, then allow it do so. We are the people not you selected fiew who put off the impression that you represent the people and our best interest. You just made a deal with the devil and he collects on his terms not the “Federal Governments” terms. Your vote along with all the others have just allowed Socialism further into America. So, get ready because the days of the “United States of America” are numbered, we will soon be called the “Socialist Republic of the United State.” Think about it. It is time to start voting on principle and not what you and your speicial interests can get out of it.

  • L8blumR 02/06/2009 11:46pm

    STOP SPENDING TAXPAYER MONEY! IF IT REQUIRES FINANCING, IT REQUIRES MY MONEY. AND I JUST SAID NO!

    THE STIMULUS PACKAGE IS MORE FAT THAN STIMULUS. JUST VOTE NO!

  • ronmon 02/19/2009 11:17am

    Help defeat HR45.

    Having owned guns for over 50 years, I have never used them against anyone (nor plan to) but would if forced within the confines of my own property with justification such as protecting my family from bodily harm. If I cannot protect my family and property by myself then I know the Police can’t be there fast enough to keep home intruders at bay. A lot can happen in the 5-15 mins for the police requires to respond. I am pretty sure I could stop a intruder long enough for the police to arrive if I had a gun. I am too old to use other means to protect myself such as a Bat or knife.

    I think this Bill HR 45 will just increase the black-market for guns and make the ones we have more valuable. It’s kind of like the Drug Market… they are against the law and the market is very profitable for them. This bill will not stop crime…. criminals will have guns.

    you don’t have to shoot intruders and trouble makers to in order to make them think twice before committing an act of aggression. Just show them your armed too.

    HR 45 is not taking the nation the right direction basically because we don’t trust the government to stop there. Read up on what happened in Britain… they don’t have firearms and crime has increased and the people are outraged and defenseless.

  • Anonymous 02/21/2009 7:07am

    ERGEMT: SEN. HUTCHINSON: I DO NOT KNOW IF A BILL SIMILAR TO HR 45 IS BEING CONCIDERED IN THE SENATE OR NOT. BUT I ASK THAT YOU USE YOUR INFLUENCE TO STOP ANY SUCH ACTION. PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT THIS TYPE OF LEGISLATION DOES NOT MOVE FORWARD.

  • Anonymous 03/02/2009 3:38am

    I urge you to please use your influence to stop any gun control legislation, such as the HR-45, that would infringe on our rights as citizens of this great United States of America. Our Bill of Rights are a part of why we are such a great nation. Thank you.

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    christianamerican 08/26/2009 9:51pm

    Sunnydayz, I couldn’t have said it better myself. There is enough government interference in our lives without having them coming into our homes.

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    warrior 10/05/2009 10:29pm
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    I AGREE……I HAVE NEVER BE INVOLVED IN POLITICS UNTIL MY HUSBAND WAS DIAGNOSIS WITH TERMINAL CANCER AND BEGAN TO WATCH CSPN. I WAS AND AM SHOCKED AT YOUR ARROGANT BEHAVIOR. I ALSO BELIEVE YOU AND MS. SNOW NEED TO SKIP LUNCH AND READ THE CONSTITUTION. WE THE PEOPLE HAVE HAD ENOUGH!!!!!
    1) NO PUBLIC OPTION
    2) NO ILLEGAL ALIENS SHOULD SHARE THE WEALTH
    3) CLOSE THE BORDERS
    4) IMPEACH THE MARXIST

    YOU REALLY NEED TO STAY IN WASHINGTON AND REGAIN THE CONFIDENCE OF YOUR CONSTITUENTS. WE ARE FORGIVING, HOWEVER WE WILL NOT LAY DOWN OUR ARMS AND WILL NOT LET YOU REVOKE OUR CONSTITUTION. NOW GET BACK TO WORK AND MAKE US PROUD…..QUIT PLAYING PETTY POLITICAL GAMES !

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  • sarabialb 09/26/2009 10:41am

    American needs Health Care Reform with a Public Option. Insurance companies have a monopoly and needs competition to drive costs down. Congress has had over 40 years to get it right. We need it now.

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  • jonvaljean 03/10/2010 10:16pm

    A youth that mostly finds education boring. A youth that would rather help themselves than strangers. This could even be said about adults in this country as well. I know that this idea might seem farfetched (if not down right ignorant) to many people as their imagination has been crushed by our “way of life”. But just imagine the amount of funds to be appropriated across the board. Any education crisis, gone. Health care can be free. Energy can be made and used better. Environmental concerns can be tackled. The change that this idea could bring us would be unprecedented. Hopefully, you might see a glimmer or hope in this idea. I just want nothing but a better life for everyone world-wide, and if some people can’t see this then I hope they will in the future. Now myquick second topic, I noticed on your bill section that you are supporting bills that would temp. ban certain apparel production(?), if you could provide me with more information on these bills I would greatly appreciate it.

  • jonvaljean 03/10/2010 10:34pm

    Lastly, I know that I might not appear to be the most credible of minds in manners of formal politics nor the most informed. I fail to see a concrete reason why I should not be heard. I am going to college, I am working on becoming the best possible person I could be. I have my fair share of regrets and terrible mistakes as much as the next person, but I am working on making up for them. To get a point, I would appreciate it greatly if you could provide me with some sort of feedback here, or if desired, by other means(we can work out those details on a more personal level). Please excuse my bad grammar in my comments, I am limited to a certain amount of characters.
    I have so much more to talk about, but sadly my homework calls. Thanks for your time Senator.

    -Jonathan Montez

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  • elleedr 06/18/2010 10:16am

    If you are apart of the American unemployed or share the same views as the unemployed and want to have a peaceful march on Washington to show that we do need our unemployment or in support of unemployment, email me at unemploymentmarch@yahoo.com. This has to be done, a peaceful stand needs to take place soon to make a difference. Before a lot of Americans lose the little bit that they do have. We didn’t ask for the economy to be this way and it is not our fault that we can not find jobs all at the same time. We worked all of our lives and now that we need help, the people in congress is saying no! We are the ones that help pay for wars, national disasters, and the congressmen paychecks. Now they are telling us that they cannot pass a bill so we can feed and house our families. What is more important the “Oil Spill” or the unemployed and their children. I don’t think so, it’s time for a peaceful march, email me at unemploymentmarch@yahoo.com, to make a peaceful stand now.


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