The Washington Examiner
Congressman Roger Williams
Opinion: Rural health providers need relief
As the fight against COVID-19 continues, we must demonstrate that we can confront the challenges of the virus while still taking deliberate steps to safely reopen the economy. There is no substitute for restaurants filled with patrons, classrooms full of children, or retail storefronts packed with American consumers.
Rep. Roger Williams
Lampasas Dispatch Record
Opinion: We have an opportunity to strengthen communities
Independence Day is rooted in the celebration of our history and the founding principles that formed our young nation. Every year on the Fourth of July, we reflect on the greatest experiment in freedom the world has ever known, and the extraordinary conviction it took to declare ourselves a self-governing people 244 years ago.
Rep. Roger Williams
Opinion: In our time of need, model responsibility for younger generations
Since the beginning of our republic, we have called upon our military patriots to defend the American people and our way of life on distant battlefields far from home. And while all gave some, some gave all.
In mid-March, at the recommendation of the Center for Disease Control (CDC), state and local governments across America took unprecedented action to prevent and mitigate the spread of COVID-19. They imposed restrictions on travel, commerce and public gatherings in a concerted effort to prevent our healthcare systems from being overwhelmed.
The American people expect their elected officials to put the interests of their countrymen above their own well-being. From the beginning of this crisis, we asked the same of our healthcare professionals, truck drivers, grocery workers, and thousands of others fulfilling essential functions, often at great risk to their own safety.
Rural hospitals and Rural Health Care Clinics (RHC’s) provide lifesaving and essential care between mile markers – they serve a crucial function in the wellbeing of our communities. Doctors and nurses in these facilities see patients who would otherwise be burdened with extended travel to the closest hospital for emergency and routine care.