PoliTex: D.C. isn't 'same warm place Austin is,' Veasey says

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U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey said similarities are few and far between regarding serving in the Texas House of Representatives and the U.S. House of Representatives.

"In the Texas Legislature, you meet everyone in a couple of weeks," he said during a recent Fort Worth Chamber luncheon at the Petroleum Club. "The U.S. House of Representatives isn't that way. ... There are so many more people.

"It's not the same warm place Austin is," Veasey said. "When people speak to me on the elevator, I'm kind of surprised."

Pricing healthcare

U.S. Reps. Michael Burgess, R-Lewisville, and Gene Green, D-Houston, have teamed up to introduce a bill geared to promote more transparency about healthcare costs.

The two recently introduced House Resolution 1326, the "Health Care Price Transparency Promotion Act of 2013."

"Patients could review their options with upfront information about the costs of a medical procedure and other expenses in healthcare services," said Burgess, vice chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Health and co-chairman of the Congressional Health Caucus. "A patient should be able to know what they are buying and how much they will pay out-of-pocket.

"Arming patients with cost information is an important step in improving our country's healthcare system with the focus on the patient."

Another dog park?

Improvements at Z Boaz Park in west Fort Worth got a little boost from the City Council last week, which voted to shift annual lease revenue from a Putt-Putt entertainment complex that operates on the property to Z Boaz improvements from the city's golf fund. Putt-Putt is paying the city $45,000 this year.

Top priority for development of the park is a dog park on the south side, which will cost $500,000 to $750,000, including necessary parking.

Fort Worth currently has set aside $162,000 in natural gas revenue for Z Boaz.

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