Before we started the business of Congressional meetings, the West Virginia Orthopaedic Society (WVOS) delegation took in a Washington Nationals baseball game. We were led by our “team captains” Past President Stan Tao and President Felix Cheung.
Our “team” included, from left, Marshall residents LeeAnne Torres and Adam Kopiec, President Felix Cheung, Past President Stan Tao and his wife Anne. Also representing WVOS were Vice President Shafic Sraj and Executive Director Diane Slaughter.
Our Congressional visits started in Rep. McKinley’s office with Liam Kerr. While the Members of Congress weren’t available during our visits on the 75th anniversary of D Day, we did get to meet with staff.
We met with Karla Freyre in Congressman Mooney’s office. Past President Stan Tao and Vice President Shafic Sraj shared our views on H.R. 1418/S. 350, the Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act of 2019, to amend the McCarren-Ferguson Act to ensure federal antitrust laws apply to the business of health insurance.
We met with Jacquelyn Incerto in Congresswoman Miller’s office. President Felix Cheung, Vice President Shafic Sraj and resident Adam Kopiec discussed H.R. 506, the Hospital Competition Act, which would combat rising health care costs by increasing choice among hospital providers.
Congresswoman Miller’s Deputy Chief of Staff and Counsel Michael Chirico gave us a private tour of the Capitol between our morning and afternoon meetings, starting under “the Dome.”
The original frieze shows the nation’s history from meeting with the native Indians (and right) to the Wright Brothers (center).
These are the desks in the original House chambers.
The majesty of the building and the stories it holds kept us all spellbound.
In the afternoon, we visited Dana Richter in Senator Capito’s office. Torres, Cheung, Sraj and Tao discussed electronic health records and the need for compatibility across platforms.
In Senator Manchin’s office, we met with Geri Green and Audrey Smith to share our opinions on a number of issues.
Our delegation included, from left, resident Adam Kopiec, Resident Board Member LeeAnne Torres, Executive Director Diane Slaughter, Past President Stan Tao, President Felix Cheung and Vice President Shafic Sraj.