I’m resuming my letters to elected officials with these notes that will go in the mail on July 21, 2017. They’re about a seemingly evergreen topic, health care in the United States.
CWOW stands for Cold Water on Washington, because I’m using my greeting cards with an image of Iced Water at the Cafe Rouge, one of my early knitted, quilting wall hangings.
For the representative in Congress for Texas District 11, and for our Texas senators:
Dear Mr. Conaway,
Back in March, you sent me a letter which began, “Thank you for contacting me to express your views on abortion.”
But Mr. Conaway, I did not write to you about abortion.
I wrote to ask you to fund Planned Parenthood. Federal money cannot fund abortion, so what can your objection be?
As you know, the best way to prevent abortion is to prevent pregnancy. Planned Parenthood does this through education and affordable health care and birth control.
In fact I would bet that Planned Parenthood has prevented more abortions than you ever have.
So here’s a new slogan for you: “Prevent abortion—fund Planned Parenthood!”
Dear Senators Cruz & Cornyn,
I think you are lucky the BCRA failed. If it should come up again, please vote AGAINST it.
I would like for you to make basic health care and preventive care available to all Americans, paid for by taxes. Preventing disease or catching it early will save us money in the long run. Go ahead, ask the CBO about it.
Address the wildly increasing costs of health care. How about drastically lowering tuition and expenses for medical training, so graduates aren’t burdened with so much debt which they pass on to us? What about negotiating lower prices for medicines, medical equipment and procedures?
I look forward to your future open, better-informed, bipartisan efforts to improve our health care system.
P. S. for Sen Cornyn: Thank you for sending replies to my letters. I appreciate that.