Rep. Hannley Rains Fire on GOP Anti-Abortion Bill

By Rep. Pam Powers Hannley, (D-LD9) Republicans have spent weeks and employed multiple levels of parliamentary procedures to ram Senator Nancy Barto’s fetal personhood bill through both houses … twice. SB1457 died in the Senate earlier in April, but the Republicans brought the zombie bill back to life for a do-over. This article first appeared on the Blog for Arizona with the headline, "#AZLeg​ Vote Protects Fetuses, Criminalizes Doctors & Patients." SB1457 inserts big government into private medical decisions. It criminalizes doctors, nurses, midwives, doulas, and patients. Government has the right and the duty to make and implement [...]

By |2021-04-28T18:30:07-07:00April 23rd, 2021|Arizona, Healthcare|

Pima Health Director: Tucson is a Vaccine Success Story

Dr. Theresa Cullen, the Director of the Pima County Health Department said that, despite obstacles, Tucson is a vaccine success story.  Speaking at the March 23, 2021 meeting of LD9 Democrats, she said that 81% of all people over 70 have been vaccinated in Pima County. Cullen said 500,000 vaccinations have been given out. Some people have doubts about the vaccine. On the contrary, Cullen said the Covid vaccines have minimal or weak side effects, and that there was plenty of time to test them for safety. This article first appeared on the LD9 Democrats website. AGE – Anyone [...]

By |2021-03-28T13:34:04-07:00March 28th, 2021|Healthcare|

Doctor: Improved Medicare for All will Fix Flaws in US Healthcare

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed several shortcomings in the U.S. health care system: The illusion of reliable employer-based health insurance is crumbling. Our safety nets have wide geographic variations. High-deductible insurance plans result in delayed care for people with chronic conditions. Underlying racial and geographic disparities in care are worsening. Our current system fails on the three pillars of an adequate healthcare system – cost, access, and quality. Medicare is better than private insurance The U.S. spends far more on health care than any other nation, but our life expectancy has fallen behind. We must use the lessons of this [...]

By |2021-01-23T17:51:46-07:00January 23rd, 2021|Healthcare|

Nurses’ Plea: Please Stop Socializing in Person

By Judy Rich, RN, Mimi Coomler, RN, Joy Upshaw, RN, TMC Nurse Managers We are writing this letter from the front lines of TMC HealthCare. We are not strangers. We are your neighbors, your friends, and your families. Our children are in the same classes, even though they’re online right now. We patronize your businesses and stand in line together at the grocery store. We’ve been here for you when you need us the most for more than 75 years. Now, we need you. We work day in and day out caring for our community, then we go home to care for our own [...]

By |2020-12-12T17:28:58-07:00December 12th, 2020|Community Organizing, Healthcare|

Obamacare Survival Hinges on Doctrine of Severability

The Supreme Court is arguing Obamacare for the third time on Tuesday, November 10, in Texas v. California. “The tax will come back to haunt him,” one legal observer remarked after Roberts first designated Obamacare a tax, rather than entitlement in a 5-4 decision in National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius in 2012. Obamacare was spared again in 2015 in King v. Burwell. And indeed, the tax has come back to haunt Obamacare. The story goes like this: In September 2017, Senator John McCain gave the famous thumbs down to the Graham-Cassidy Repeal and Replace bill —sponsored by Lindsay Graham of South Carolina and [...]

By |2020-11-09T08:54:09-07:00November 5th, 2020|Healthcare|

In Her Own Words: Kamala Harris Rallies Tucson for Joe Biden

In the spirit of the late great John McCain, I was thinking, let's start with a little straight talk. Now, you know, there has been some talk about my values. Well, let me just tell you, Tucson. I am a proud patriotic American. I love my country. And our values reflect the values of America. Our values tell us we have witnessed the worst, the biggest disaster of any presidential administration in this country's history. Our values tell us that. Our values tell us that we should not be in a moment where over 225,000 people have died in [...]

By |2020-10-30T07:52:22-07:00October 29th, 2020|Arizona, Economics, Elections, Environment, Healthcare, Joe Biden|

Cursing Like a Trained Parrot, McSally Loses Debate to Mark Kelly

This article is cross-posted from the Blog for Arizona. By AZ BlueMeanie Martha, Martha, Martha … you are such a tool of Newt Gingrich’s GOPAC candidate training program, you just ooze Newt’s nastiness from your pores. And that is why Arizonans rejected you in 2018 and will do so again in 2020. McSally thought she was being oh so clever or cute in last night’s debate by calling Mark Kelly “counterfeit Kelly” repeatedly – seriously, that’s all you got left in the tank, Martha? To quote a recently revived game show, “You are the biggest loser. Goodbye.” McSally has an [...]

By |2020-10-07T12:28:20-07:00October 7th, 2020|Commentary, Elections, Healthcare, Mark Kelly|

WATCH Connie DeLarge & Paul Taylor of the African American Caucuses

  Connie DeLarge, Chair of the Arizona Democratic Party African American Caucus, says, “We have people in our current Administration trying to take us back to the ’50s. Voter suppression is on the rise, you have states kicking people off the voting roles, states making it harder for us to register to vote with stricter voter ID laws and that is just the attack on Voting Rights. I am in this fight for the soul of our Nation and the sake of kids and grandkids,” Connie says. In 2006, the Arizona Democratic Party African American Caucus was formed and she [...]

By |2020-09-16T20:39:16-07:00September 16th, 2020|Economics, Education, Healthcare|

SEE: Six Options at the End of Life with Dwight Moore, Ph.D.

Dwight Moore, Ph.D., spoke at the August 31, 2020, meeting of Democrats of Greater Tucson.Dr. Dwight Moore is the Chair of the Education Committee or Arizona End of Life Options, (azendoflifeoptions.org), a non-profit that is working to pass legislation here in Arizona for eligible patients to die with dignity. Dr. Moore will review the six choices we have at the end of life. He will tell a story of a dignified death (medical aid in dying). Dwight Moore, Ph.D., of Arizona End of Life Options The proposed legislation is modeled after time-tested laws already in effect [...]

By |2020-09-01T09:16:18-07:00September 1st, 2020|Arizona, Healthcare, Webinar|

WATCH: Progressive Pam Powers Hannley Hits the Hot Issues

Pamela Powers Hannley, State Rep. for LD9, presented a comprehensive, bright progressive future for Arizona at the Democrats of Greater Tucson meeting on Aug. 24, 2020. Powers Hannley was elected to the Arizona House to serve Legislative District 9 in 2016, and she is running for her third term. Among many topics, Rep. Hannley discussed: Economic and public health challenges facing the Legislature in January 2021; Envisioning a more just post-COVID19 world; and Why Arizona and the US need a Blue Wave in November 2020 to have any chance of building a more just world. As a member [...]

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