WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Obama deployed his health czar Monday to brief state Democratic Party leaders, operatives and activists on the White House's strategy to pass health care reform this year, a party source tells CNN.
Nancy-Ann DeParle's conference call with Democratic state party chairs, senior state political aides and health care activists follows Organizing for America's campaign-style house parties, held this past weekend to help build support for health care reform from the grassroots level. DeParle serves as counselor to the president and director of the White House Office of Health Reform.
Obama himself called on Congress this past weekend to send him a health care bill by October.
"We are building off of the 50-state strategy and making sure we are able to use the state parties as an effective tool, in addition to President Obama's grassroots network, Organizing for America, to advance the president's agenda," said a source familiar with the details of the call, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.