Wednesday, August 6, 2008

"Paging Dr. Heinz" - By Mark R. Kerr

It has been said that “politics makes strange bedfellows” but what happened to this reporter turned that saying on its proverbial head.

On Wednesday, July 30, this report had to be taken to the hospital due to a heart incident and after many hours in the emergency room, was finally admitted to stay overnight for observation and after a few hours and one room change, this reporter was woken up by the hospital’s doctor, Dr. Heinz, who was completing his rounds through the rooms.

Dr. Heinz was in fact, Matt Heinz, the candidate for the Arizona House of Representatives for District 29 and as in his pictures, literature and website, Heinz is tall, young, articulate with a full head of hair and a great smile, but still very likable despite these qualities.

Heinz asked many pertinent questions about this reporter, the situation and stated what was going to happen. All the health questions posed were answered in a succinct manner, showing a caring individual with a wonderful intellect as well as commitment to helping out to get this reporter back on the mend - a rarity for those in the medical profession.

This is nothing new for Heinz, if elected would bring a broad intellect, a commitment and passion for bettering health care in Arizona.

If elected, his goals would be to expand middle class access to the state’s health program AHCCCS (Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System) and to offer a sliding scale for payments in this system for those who could pay something for their health care.

Heinz wants to improve mental illness treatment by increasing insurance coverage, have more wellness education programs in schools and more legislative oversight on health insurance companies.

On issues of concern, Heinz is pro-choice, supports the development of renewable energy, believes in the right for workers to organize in a union, opposes Proposition 102, the proposed marriage amendment to Arizona’s constitution, favors enacting laws protecting the rights of workers from discrimination in employment based on sexual orientation or gender identity, perceived or otherwise and allowing Gays and Lesbians to adopt children from the state’s foster care program.

Voters in Legislative District 29 have the chance to send two wonderful, caring, intelligent individuals to serve in the Arizona House of Representatives.

One of which, as previously reported is current state Representative Tom Prezelski.

If voters in the primary and general election vote for Tom and Dr. Matt Heinz, the whole community will win in the long run.

To learn more about Matt Heinz, visit his website at

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