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I got an e-mail today from Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) with an editorial she wrote today about women's health care, especially about opposing the targeting of Planned Parenthood in an amendment proposed to healthcare reform legislation.

She begins by calling attention to the amendment, and goes on to describe Planned Parenthood's place in Arizona health care.

For over 90 years, Planned Parenthood has been a trusted preventive health care provider to over three million women, men, and teens a year. To deny funding to Planned Parenthood is, quite simply, to deny essential life saving health care for millions of Americans who have nowhere else to turn.

In my home state of Arizona, more than 57,000 women receive health care through the Title X family planning programs – this is the funding that would be cut off by proposed amendment. Planned Parenthood health centers across the state serve over half of these women with Title X funding – more than any other women’s health care provider in the state.

Then she writes about the work Planned Parenthood does nationally.

Beyond Arizona, Planned Parenthood has more than 850 health centers in 49 states. Last year alone they provided birth control to 2.3 million people, breast exams to 850,000 women and more than one million cervical cancer screenings. More than 90 percent of the care they provide is preventive. One out of every three women, 1.7 million, who receives Title X family planning health care does so at a Planned Parenthood health center and could potentially lose access to their trusted provider if this amendment is adopted.

There is more, largely about the use of women's health centers as primary care centers for many women, and how cutting its funding would leave many women, especially in poorly served areas, without access to basic healthcare services.

This is a strong statement of support for Planned Parenthood and for women in general.  Giffords' district is a moderate one, including much of Tucson and the area between Tucson and the border.  It includes two military bases.  There is a large evangelical segment.  Jim Kolbe held the seat for 20 years as a moderate Republican, though he generally voted with the party.  Giffords won the seat in 2006 when Kolbe retired.  The Republican party targeted her in 2008, and she is also at risk in 2010.

Giffords got voted into the Blue Dogs last year.  I have a hard time understanding why.  She is very good on women's and environmental issues, supports scientific research (her husband is an astronaut), and voted for the stimulus bill and other key Obama initiatives.  Her position on healthcare resembles John Kerry's 2004 version, but I think she will support a reasonable bill, especially if the CBO rates it well.  I write to her frequently about healthcare.  

She is worth watching and protecting in this moderate district.

Originally posted to ramara on Fri Jul 24, 2009 at 07:03 PM PDT.

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  •  Isn't she a blue dog? (0+ / 0-)

    guess she's not on Ross' list.

  •  She's my rep, and I like her. (1+ / 0-)
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    I wrote to her when we first started working on healthcare reform here on DKos. I received a letter from her and she definitely supports a public option.

    Not sure if you remember this, but Randy Graf, the wingnut who ran against her for Kolbe's seat, is a minuteman wacko and was easy to defeat. Kelly is a different kind of guy, very clean cut and polished-- but Gabrielle is extremely popular here, and I expect she will win handily in 2010.

    Tarheel born, tarheel bred! And when I die, I'll be tarheel dead.

    by NCYellowDog on Fri Jul 24, 2009 at 11:06:07 PM PDT

    •  Se's my rep -- (0+ / 0-)

      She's my rep, too. She does not support a public option. She does not support single payer. She handily beat the Republican who ran against her because there is a large number of "progressive" Dems in her district for whom Bee was not acceptable. Paton, who plains to challenge her in '10 will do no better. A member of the Arizona Legislature, he is incredibly arrogant and managed to ram a bill through the legislature to require - yes, you read that correctly - require that the city of Tucson go to non-partisan elections. This will be fought in the courts and it is my sense that Paton and his arrogance will go down to the same defeat as Tim Bee.

      Recently, however, Gabby voted with the Republicans on an issue having to do with horses that got her erstwhile backers knickers in a terrible twist. Ironic, if the horse vote causes her more trouble than her position on health care.

      •  excerpt from her letter (0+ / 0-)

        "I am committed to working towards a system where every man, woman and child will have access to affordable, quality health care.  One of the lessons we learned from the Medicare Part D prescription drug program is that we need an unbiased effort to solve the problem-and that special interests cannot be allowed to control it.  We need to:

        o   focus on high-quality and cost-efficient services, examining how the Veterans Health Administration and Medicare systems control administrative costs;

        o   allow states the freedom to develop innovative models for universal coverage;

        o   allow people over 50 to buy into Medicare before they retire;

        o   study state models for examples of cost-savings measures that have worked, such as reducing paperwork and allowing governments to purchase medications in bulk; and

        o   allow the importation of high-quality affordable prescription drugs from other countries.

        Health care reform is a critical issue for our nation and I remain committed to making health care a top priority.  Since I have been in Congress, I have supported the extension and expansion of the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) by voting for the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act which was signed into law on February 2, 2009.  This bill adds $33 billion in federal funds for children's coverage over the next four and half years, and is expected to provide coverage to 4.1 million children who would otherwise have been uninsured by 2013."

        I'm going to write to her again.

        Tarheel born, tarheel bred! And when I die, I'll be tarheel dead.

        by NCYellowDog on Fri Jul 24, 2009 at 11:41:30 PM PDT

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        •  I got something similar a while ago (0+ / 0-)

          It really is more like the stuff Kerry was talking about in 2004.  I keep sending her stuff about health care, stats of how many people will lose insurance or go bankrupt or die during a three-week recess, or my thoughts on consumer choice.  

          I like her, though, and I think she is reasonable and will not vote against a plan with a public option.

          If not me, who? If not now, when?

          by ramara on Sat Jul 25, 2009 at 12:01:51 AM PDT

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