Monday, September 21, 2009

The flip side of the Texas politician coin

Forget the "tails" (Rick Perry, Cornyn, and so many others). On the "heads" side, thoughtful, practically unflappable, and compassionate, we've got Rep. Lloyd Doggett. He might be a little boat on a stormy sea, but he's still staying strong.

Dear ( ):

Thank you for contacting me to share your support for protecting women's access to reproductive care in health reform. I strongly agree. Based on its scorecard, I have a 100% pro-choice voting record according to Planned Parenthood.

Ensuring that all American's have access to the health care that they need is a priority of mine. During the Ways and Means Committee mark up of the America's Affordable Health Choices Act, I voted against any amendments that would limit a woman's access to the health care that she and her doctor decide is best for her.

As you know, one in four of our neighbors lack health insurance, and premiums for the rest of us have doubled since 2000. It is tragic that health care costs are the number one source of both credit card debt and personal bankruptcy, while many lose coverage at the time they need it most. Instead of pouring more money into a failed system, I believe that offering more people the choice of a public plan like Medicare will spur real competition among private insurers. This health care bill is about greater individual choice, more competition, and limiting spiraling health care costs.

Rest assured, I will continue to work to ensure that all Americans have access to good, affordable coverage, for all their health care needs.

Please keep me advised of any federal matters with which I may be of assistance.

Lloyd Doggett

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