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End-of-the-Year Roundup: Top 6 Must-Read Op-Eds

From the desk of Congressman Fred Upton

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Washington, December 19, 2016 | comments

U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today released a list of his top six op-eds published in 2016.

“Keeping America’s Grid Safe” via Real Clear Politics – February 1, 2016

Key excerpt: “When it comes to keeping our country safe, nothing is more under-the-radar yet crucial to the nation’s well-being than our electric grid infrastructure. Everything from cyber-attacks to electromagnetic pulse waves, severe weather to seismic events has the potential to shut down or disrupt parts of the grid. The results of these disruptions or shut downs would have far-reaching economic and public health impacts.”

Working together to strengthen Medicaid for the most vulnerable” via The Hill – March 11, 2016

Key excerpt: “Today Medicaid is an important lifeline for so many in Michigan and across the country. It is estimated the program will expand to cover 83 million people this year – that’s one in four Americans. Given its rapidly growing size, it is imperative the program is working as intended – providing care for folks who need it most.”

“Deciphering the Encryption Debate” via Medium – April 26, 2016

Key excerpt: “It is important that we move beyond the ‘us versus them’ mentality that has encompassed this discussion for too long. This debate is not about picking sides – it is about evaluating options.”

“The Energy and Commerce Committee: getting the job done” via The Hill – June 28, 2016

Key excerpt: “Legislation to protect seniors’ access to their Medicare doctors, to strengthen and improve chemical and pipeline safety, to reform our nation’s mental health system, and to revolutionize our healthcare ecosystem to facilitate 21st Century Cures. What do all of these have in common? One thing: Big, bipartisan votes in the House Energy and Commerce Committee to help usher these critical pieces of legislation through regular order here in the House, and eventually into law.”

 “Addressing the opioid crisis” via South Bend Tribune – July 27, 2016

Key excerpt: “The simple truth is that we’re in the middle of an opioid abuse epidemic. Nearly every 12 minutes, someone in America dies of a drug overdose and the Centers for Disease Control reports that more than a quarter billion opioid prescriptions were written alone in 2012. Abuse of opioids has impacted every community. In my home state of Michigan, we are enduring 10 times as many deaths today as there were 15 years ago.”

 “It’s time to deliver #CuresNow” by Rep. Upton and Rep. DeGette via Morning Consult – November 30, 2016

 Key excerpt: “Every single American has been touched by disease in some fashion, whether directly or indirectly, and the toll is painfully all too familiar. But from the rarest diseases to the more common, there is a reason for all to have hope this year. While bipartisan collaboration has been less than abundant in Washington recently, it has been the driving force for us, a Republican from Michigan and a Democrat from Colorado. We came up with the 21st Century Cures Act, an innovative game-changer providing a way to safely speed the discovery, development, and delivery of new treatments and cures.” 

Stay tuned for more end-of-the-year content from Upton’s office. 

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